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Useful Temperate Plants

Arthrocnemum subterminale

(Parish) Standl.

Amaranthaceae

+ Synonyms

Salicornia subterminalis Parish

Common Name: Glasswort

Arthrocnemum subterminale
Plant growing in native habitat
Photograph by: Keir Morse; CalPhotos
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General Information

Arthrocnemum subterminale is a perennial plant forming a clump of usually much-branched, succulent, procumbent to erect stems growth 10 - 30cm tall. The bases of the stems are woody and persist, the plant clumps up to 100cm in diameter[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

South-western N. America - California to Mexico (Baja California, Sinaloa, Sonora)

Habitat

Salt marshes, depressions in alkali sage scrub; at elevations from sea level to 100 metres, occasionally to 400 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.30 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Arthrocnemum subterminale is a plant of coastal, Mediterranean climates and is unlikely to experience any but the mildest of frosts. It grows in areas with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked[
172
Title
Discovering Wild Plants - Alaska, W. Canada and the Northwest.
Publication
 
Author
Schofield. J. J.
Publisher
Alaska Northwest Books; Alaska
Year
2003
ISBN
0882403699
Description
A nice guide to some useful plants in that area.
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Seed - ground into a meal[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
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Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise in spring, in a greenhouse in a light sandy compost. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division might be possible in the spring.

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