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Suaeda taxifolia

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About Seablite (Suaeda taxifolia) Suaeda taxifolia is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common name woolly seablite. It is native to the coastline of southern California and Baja California, where it grows in saline habitat such as salt marshes, beaches, dunes, and scrub. It is quite variable in appearance. Suaeda taxifolia is a generally a shrub or subshrub spreading or growing erect to a maximum height near 1. 5 metres (4. 9 ft). It is hairless to densely hairy, and waxy in texture. It has woody lower stems and fleshy green to reddish upper stems. The succulent leaves are lance-shaped to nearly oval, measuring up to 3 centimeters in length. They vary in color from bluish to green to yellowish or reddish. There is usually a knobby bump at the base of each. Flowers occur in clusters along the stems, each cluster containing 1 to 3 flowers. Leaflike bracts accompany the clusters. The flower has no petals and is composed of a calyx of fleshy, rounded, hairy sepals. The fruit is an utricle that grows within the calyx.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
5 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color
Yellow, Red

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Alkaline and salin places


Elevation ?
-59' - 1336'

Annual Precip. ?
4.8" - 23.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 0.67"

Coldest Month ?
48.1° F - 59.1° F

Hottest Month ?
60.2° F - 87.7° F

Humidity ?
0.94 vpd - 38.56 vpd

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Woolly Seablite

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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