Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Suaeda calceoliformis
Sea blite
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Suaeda depressa

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

  • Magnoliophyta

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Collection & Observation Timeline [?]

Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: North America

Species Description

General: Dicot-herb, perennial, annual

Roots: primary

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: spike

Flowers: perfect, unisexual, monoecious; 5 merous; incomplete, not petals; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: achene

Physiology: autotrophic; C4 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is found to be increasing along expressways, where salting occurs in winter months.

ILPIN Notes: Fleshy tender leaves and branches of this and other species of the genus are sometimes cooked as a vegetable. Plant needs to be cooked with several changes of water. Welkie, G. W., and M. Caldwell. 1970. Leaf anatomy of species in some dicotyledon families as related to the C3 and C4 pathways of carbon fixation. Canadian Journal of Botany 48: 2135-2146. Several authors indicate this is a native west of Illinois.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

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