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Parish's Pickleweed
Arthrocnemum subterminale

About Parish's Pickleweed (Arthrocnemum subterminale) Arthrocnemum subterminale (syn. Salicornia subterminalis) is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common name Parish's glasswort. It is native to California and the northern states of Mexico, where it grows in coastal and inland salt marshes, alkali flats, and other habitat with saline soils. It is a halophyte, capable of growing in substrates with high salt concentrations. It is a perennial herb or subshrub growing in low clumps up to a meter wide, the plants with woody bases branching into fleshy, jointed green stems. The leaves appear as fused rings around stem, the tip of each individual blade narrowing to a point. The inflorescence is a fleshy, sticklike spike of minute flowers, each flower just a pocket made up of the joined sepals; there are no petals.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1 ft (0.1 - 0.3 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Salt marshes, alkaline flats


Elevation ?
-37' - 4531'

Annual Precip. ?
3.7" - 22.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.16" - 1.99"

Coldest Month ?
43.7° F - 59.9° F

Hottest Month ?
61.9° F - 87.7° F

Humidity ?
0.92 vpd - 40.60 vpd


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

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Parish's Glasswort

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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