Pickleweed - Salicornia virginica  





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Pickleweed - Salicornia virginica

General

Pickleweed is a Perennial Dicot.

Common Names

Annual Sea Asparagus, Pickleweed, Glasswort, Saltwort, Samphire

Family

Chenopodiaceae

Size

25cm longLeaves undeveloped, scale-like, to 1.5 mm base united into a sheath, margin membranous, apex acute. Inflorescence shortly pedunculate, spicate, 1-5 cm.Flowers axillary, 3 per bract, middle flower larger, located slightly above lateral flowers. Perianth fleshy, obconic.Stamens exserted; anthers oblong. Ovary ovoid; stigmas papillate. Pericarp membranous. Seed cylindric-ovoid, ca. 1.5 mm in diam.; testa subleathery, hooked hispid. Fl. and fr. Jan-Aug.

Geographic Range

Alaska to Mexico, India, Japan, Korea, Russia; SW Asia, Europe, North America

Elevation

Upper Intertidal

Reproduction

Flower heads terminating all stems. The flowers are hermaphrodite. Flowering late summer-early fall. Best time to collect seeds is around October 31st. Responds well to nitrogen based fertilizer including increased height.

Substrate

Light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils

Fresh Water Requirements

It requires moist soil

Shade

It cannot grow in the shade

Historic

The ashes of burnt plants are used in making glass and soapBiodiesel suggested. Has been used externally in the treatment of arthritic pain, rheumatism, aches, pains and swellings.







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