Blutaparon vermiculare

(Linnaeus) Mears

Taxon 31: 113. 1982.

Common names: Silverweed saltweed samphire
Basionym: Gomphrena vermicularis Linnaeus Sp. Pl. 1: 224. 1753
Synonyms: Philoxerus vermicularis (Linnaeus)R Brown ex Smith
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 456.

Plants perennial or occasionally annual, 3–20 dm. Stems mostly prostrate with ascending branches, much-branched, glabrous. Leaf blades linear to linear lanceolate or oblanceolate, 15–55 × 2–12 mm. Inflorescences: heads white or pinkish (drying silvery white), globose or cylindric, 7–30 × 7–10 mm; bracteoles slightly shorter than flowers. Flowers very short-pedicellate; tepals connate basally, white, oblong, dorsiventrally compressed, thickened basally, 3–5 mm, chartaceous, apex of outer tepals obtuse, apex of inner tepals acute, spinose-tipped, densely villose. Utricles indehiscent or splitting irregularly, included in tepals, 1.3 mm. Seeds 0.8–1 mm.

Phenology: Flowering year-round.
Habitat: Saline soils, sands of beaches, dunes, sand bars
Elevation: 0-10 m


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Fla., La., Tex., Mexico, Central America.


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Steven E. Clemants +
(Linnaeus) Mears +
Gomphrena vermicularis +
Silverweed +, saltweed +  and samphire +
Fla. +, La. +, Tex. +, Mexico +  and Central America. +
0-10 m +
Saline soils, sands of beaches, dunes, sand bars +
Flowering year-round. +
Illustrated +
Philoxerus vermicularis +
Blutaparon vermiculare +
Blutaparon +
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