Jepson Flora Project: Jepson Interchange    

link to manual TREATMENT FROM THE JEPSON MANUAL (1993) previous taxon | next taxon
Jepson Interchange (more information)
©Copyright 1993 by the Regents of the University of California

  • Up-to-date information about California vascular plants is available from the Jepson eFlora.



Dieter H. Wilken, except as specified

Annual to tree, sometimes monoecious or dioecious, glandular or with bead-like hairs that collapse with age, becoming scaly or powdery
Stem often fleshy
Leaves generally alternate, entire to lobed; veins generally pinnate
Inflorescence: raceme, spike, catkin-like, or spheric cluster, or flower 1; bracts 0–few
Flower: sepals 1–5, often 0 in pistillate flowers, free or fused, generally persistent in fruit; petals 0; stamens 0–5; ovary generally superior, chamber 1, ovule 1, styles 1–3
Fruit: generally utricle
Seed 1, vertical (fruit compressed side-to-side) or horizontal (fruit compressed top-to-bottom)
Genera in family: 100 genera, 1300 species: worldwide, especially deserts, saline or alkaline soils; some cultivated for food (Beta , beets, chard; Chenopodium , quinoa)
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated in expanded Amaranthaceae



Annual to subshrub, glabrous
Stem generally many-branched, jointed; internodes green to glaucous, fleshy
Leaves opposite, sessile, ± decurrent; leaf pairs generally fused at base, clasping or together ring-like
Inflorescence: spike, terminal, cylindric, dense; bracts scale-like; flowers generally 3 per axil, sessile to sunken in axis
Flower: calyx bladder-like, slitted, ± deciduous in fruit; stamens generally 2; stigmas 2–3
Fruit: wall free from seed
Seed vertical
Species in genus: ± 13 species: ± worldwide
Etymology: (Greek: salt horn)
Needs further study.


S. utahensis Tidestr.

Perennial or subshrub 14–28 cm
Stem: axis ascending to erect; branches ascending; internodes 10–40 mm, 3–6 mm wide
Inflorescence 10–38 mm, 3–5 mm wide; lower bracts acute to obtuse; flowers at same level
Seed puberulent
Ecology: Alkaline soils
Elevation: < 100 m.
Bioregional distribution: ne Mojave Desert (Death Valley)
Distribution outside California: also Utah
Differences between CA and UT plants need study
Horticultural information: STBL.

previous taxon | next taxon
bioregional map for SALICORNIA%20utahensis being generated

Retrieve Jepson Interchange Index to Plant Names entry for Salicornia utahensis
Retrieve dichotomous key for Salicornia
Overlay Consortium of California Herbaria specimen data by county on this map
Show other taxa with the same California distribution | Read about bioregions | Get lists of plants in a bioregion
Return to the Jepson Interchange main page
Return to treatment index page

University & Jepson Herbaria Home Page |
General Information | University Herbarium | Jepson Herbarium |
Visiting the Herbaria | On-line Resources | Research |
Education | Related Sites
Copyright © by the Regents of the University of California