Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Suaeda occidentalis S. Wats.
- Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
- Flowering: July-September
- Field Marks: The genus Suaeda is differentiated by 5 greenish sepals that are subtended by bracts shorter than the sepals and by flowers usually with both stamens and pistils.
- Habitat: Alkaline soils.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Spreading to upright, branched or unbranched, up to 1 1/2 feet long, sometimes
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, linear, up to 3/4 inch long, about 1/24 inch wide, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base.
- Flowers: Several in short clusters in the axils of the leaves, subtended by bracts shorter than the sepals.
- Sepals: 5, green, united below, the lobes rounded at the tip.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; styles 2.
- Fruits: Nearly spherical, enclosed by the sepals: seeds black, shiny.
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