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Western Glasswort - Salicornia rubra

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 7

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General Description
Annual with glabrous, fleshy, reddish foliage. Stems erect, branched, 5–15 cm. Leaves opposite, minute, scale-like. Flowers mostly perfect, sessile in groups of 3 at nodes in a terminal, bracteate spike; calyx 3-parted, pyramidal, 1–2 mm wide, completely closed except for a central slit; stamens 2. Fruit flattened, enclosed in spongy calyx; seeds vertical, ca. 0.5 mm across (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
Across much of MT apart from the northwestern and southeastern areas; BC and MB south to NV, NM and KS (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 18

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Moist, saline soil on margins of ponds, wetlands; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • McGregor, R.L., coordinator, and T.M. Barkley, R.E. Brooks, and E.K. Schofield, eds.: Great Plains Flora Association. 1986. Flora of the Great Plains. Lawrence, KS: Univ. Press Kansas. 1392 pp.
    • Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. 2013. Nebraska's Threatened & Endangered Species: Saltwort, Salicornia rubra. Nebraska Game & Parks Commission with funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust.
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