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Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California
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Shrub, low, bushy, maritime, dioecious or monoecious
Leaves opposite, simple, narrow, fleshy; stipules minute
Inflorescence: spike, cone-like, small, axillary, ± sessile; stipules minute
Staminate flowers 812; flower initially enclosed in sac-like organ which may be sepals or pair of bractlets, splitting with age; perianth parts 4, alternate stamens; stamens 4, anthers opening by longitudinal slits
Pistillate flowers 412, not enclosed; perianth 0; ovary superior, fleshy, chambers 4, ovule 1 per chamber, stigmas 2, head-like, sessile
Fruit drupe-like, water dispersed
Seeds 14, hard-walled
Genera in family: 1 genus, 2 species: tropical, subtropical Am., Pacific, Australia
Etymology: (Greek: name of some seashore plant)
Perianth parts in staminate flowers also interpreted as staminodes.
The only genus
Species in genus: 2 species: (B. argillicola P. Royen of New Guinea, ne Australia is monoecious)
Stems prostrate to ascending, < 1.5 m; base woody
Leaf 12 cm, ± cylindric, linear-oblanceolate
Inflorescence: staminate 510 mm, ovoid-cylindric, bractlets rounded; pistillate < 1 cm in fruit, short peduncled
Staminate flower: perianth parts white, triangular; stamens exserted
Ecology: Salt marshes along coast
Elevation: < 10 m.
Bioregional distribution: South Coast
Distribution outside California: to se US, Caribbean, n S.America, Hawaii
Horticultural information: WET: 24; salt marsh STBL.
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