Range: Common in coastal BC; var. canadensis ranges N of Vancouver Island to AK and along the Atlantic Coast, var. occidentalis ranges from Vancouver Island south to N CA.
Description: Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect or ascending to decumbent, 4-30 cm tall/long. Basal leaves lacking; stem leaves opposite, linear, somewhat fleshy, 1-4.5 cm long, 1-2 mm wide, more or less glabrous, blunt or pointed at tip. Inflorescence of few to many flowers in a leafy cluster; petals 5, white or pink, 1-3 mm long.
Ecology: Wet to moist coastal mud flatsn tidal marshes, and sandy coastal beaches, saline or brackish soil.
- Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 1994. Plants of coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.
Learn about the importance and diversity of our wetlands
Wetlandkeepers is a 2½ day introduction to wetland identification and stewardship. The course offers individuals an opportunity for hands-on practice of wetland conservation skills, such as conducting wetland, plant and bird surveys, wetland mapping and raising public awareness. It is a fun, and often muddy weekend, for all ages. Participants that successfully complete the course are awarded a Wetlandkeepers Certificate.