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Saltwater Cress - Eutrema salsugineum
Other Names:  Arabidopsis salsuginea, Thellungiella salsuginea

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Potential Species of Concern
Undetermined Origin

Global Rank: G5?
State Rank: SH

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General Description
Taprooted, glabrous and glaucous annual. Stems erect, simple or branched, 5–15 cm. Leaves basal and cauline; the basal, petiolate, oblanceolate, 5–10 mm long; the cauline 5–15 mm long, lanceolate with clasping auriculate bases. Inflorescence an open, few-flowered, ebracteate raceme. Flowers white; petals 2–3 mm long. Fruit glabrous, erect siliques, 10–16 × 0.5–1 mm; style <0.2 mm long; seeds in 2 rows per locule (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
AK south to MT and CO; Asia. Our only collection was made 90 years ago in Beaverhead County; valleys. (Lesica et al. 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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Harvey, S.J. 1990. Responses of steppe plants to gradients of water soil texture and disturbance in Montana, U.S.A. Ph.D. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
    • Rollins, R. C. 1993. The Cruciferae of Continental North America: systematics of the mustard family from the Arctic to Panama. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California. 976 pp.
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