Glaux maritima ssp. obtusifolia
Range: Common in coastal BC, less frequent elsewhere; circumpolar, widespread in arctic and temperate NA; Eurasia.
Description: Perennial fleshy herb from a shallow rhizome, stems ascending-erect, several, branched from below, 3-30 cm tall, leafy to the tip. Leaves 1.5-10 mm long, 5-25 mm wide, jointed at the bases; opposite low on the stem, alternate above. Flowers small, inconspicuous, solitary, axillary, 4-5 mm long, white or pinkish, 5-lobed.
Ecology: Tideflats, coastal marshes and beaches.
Notes: Another subspecies occurs in alkaline marshes and inland meadows in BC. It was called ‘milk-wort’ because an infusion could be brewed from the plant and given to nursing mothers in order to increase their milk supply.Sources:
- Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon. 1994. Plants of Coastal British Columbia: including Washington, Oregon & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing. Vancouver. 528 p.
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