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Suaeda californica - S.Watson.

Common Name California Sea Blite
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Intertidal margins of coastal salt marshes[270].
Range South-western N. America - California.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Moist Soil Full sun
Suaeda californica California Sea Blite


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Suaeda californica California Sea Blite
Mark W. Skinner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Suaeda californica is a SHRUB growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves  Seed
Edible Uses:

One report says that either the seed or the leaves are edible[177].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors at least in the milder parts of this country. Suaeda californica is an endangered species with a current distribution only on the margins of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County and a re-established colony in San Francisco Bay[270]. It dislikes shade, see the plants native range for other ideas on its cultivation needs.

References   Carbon Farming Information and Carbon Sequestration Information

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Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but it would probably succeed from an outdoor sowing in mid spring in situ. Only just cover the seed. If you only have a small quantity of seed then it would be safer to sow this in a cold frame in the winter. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Suaeda australisSeabliteAnnual0.3 -  LMHSNM20 
Suaeda corniculata Annual0.5 -  LMHNM10 
Suaeda depressaPursh seepweedAnnual/Perennial0.5 -  LMNM10 
Suaeda fruticosaShrubby SeabliteShrub1.0 -  LMNM211
Suaeda glauca Annual0.6 -  LMHNM101
Suaeda japonica Annual0.3 -  LMHNM10 
Suaeda linearisSouthern Sea Blite, Annual seepweedAnnual/Perennial1.0 0-0  LMHNM10 
Suaeda maritimaSea Blite, Herbaceous seepweed, Rich's seepweedAnnual0.3 0-0  LMNM301
Suaeda nigraBush SeepweedAnnual1.5 -  LMHNM10 
Suaeda occidentalisWestern SeepweedAnnual0.0 -  LMNM10 
Suaeda palmeri Annual0.0 -  LMHNM10 
Suaeda salsa Annual0.5 -  LMHNM10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Kyla Tucker   Thu Apr 12 2007

Hello. Do you know if Suaeda californica is native to the Baja Peninsula in Mexico? Thanks!

Ken Fern, Plants for a Future   Thu May 10 2007

Suaeda californica is not found in Baja California. To quote from the Flora of N. America - Suaeda californica is an endangered species with a current distribution only on the margins of Morro Bay in San Luis Obispo County and a re-established colony in San Francisco Bay.

   Mon Dec 3 2007

How did Suaeda Californica become endangered?

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