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Suaeda occidentalis
slender seablite, western seepweed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; central Washington to California and Nevada, east to Wyoming and Utah.

Habitat: Saline or alkaline flats and marshes in sagebrush area.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Simple and erect to freely-branched and spreading, glabrous, yellowish-green annual, 1-3 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, numerous, linear, fleshy, 1-3 cm. long and 1-1.5 mm. broad, reduced gradually upward, becoming bracts 2-5 mm. long and as broad as the leaves.


Flowers in open spikes in glomerules of 2-3 flowers, each flower with 2 greatly reduced bractlets; perianth fleshy, 5-lobed half its length, the lobes distinctly unequal, about 1 mm. long, somewhat hooded; stamens 5; styles 2, short.


Fruit enclosed in the perianth.

Accepted Name:
Suaeda occidentalis (S. Watson) S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 9: 90. 1874.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Schoberia occidentalis S. Watson
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Suaeda occidentalis in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Suaeda occidentalis checklist entry

OregonFlora: Suaeda occidentalis information

E-Flora BC: Suaeda occidentalis atlas page

CalPhotos: Suaeda occidentalis photos

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