Sarcocornia pacifica (Standl.) A.J. Scott
Pickleweed, Pacific swampweed
Kingdom Plantae Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
Subclass Caryophyllidae Cacti, many other succulents, carnivorous plants, and leadworts
Order Caryophyllales Includes cacti, carnations, amaranths, ice plants, and many carnivorous plants
Family Amaranthaceae Amaranth family
Species pacifica From the Latin pacificus, meaning “peace-making, peacable,” and from a botanic standpoint probably meaning “of the Pacific Ocean or the general Pacific area”
About plant names...
Pickleweed is native to the Pacific coast of North America.
Identification: These woody shrubs may be upright
or close to the ground, and are 4-20" (10-50 cm) high. Branching is highly variable.
Younger branches are composed of pickle-like green segments ⅛-¾" (5-20 mm) ×
¹/₁₆-⅛" (2-4 mm). This, and the location in coastal salt marshes and tidal flats, are the key identifying features.
Branches have reddish tips.
Pickleweed flowers, by jkirkhart35@flickr
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EFloras Older scientific or horticultural names
Sarcocornia pacifica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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2/24/2010 · Batiquitos Lagoon, Carlsbad, California
≈ 7 × 5" (16 × 13 cm)
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