Salsola kali


Sp. Pl. 1: 222. 1753.

Common names: Common saltwort
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 400. Mentioned on page 399, 401.

Herbs, 5–50 cm, papillose to hispid or, occasionally, glabrous. Stems erect to ascending, branched from base; branches arcuate or, occasionally, almost prostrate. Leaves alternate; blade linear, mostly 1–2 mm wide in herbarium specimens, fleshy, usually not swollen at base, apex ± acuminate into rather firm, 1–1.5(–2.2) mm spine. Inflorescences interrupted at maturity, usually 1-flower per axil of bract; bracts alternate, not imbricate at maturity, reflexed, not distinctly swollen at base, apex narrowing into subulate spine. Flowers: bracteoles free or becoming connate and adnate to perianth base; perianth segments with comparatively narrow wing or in lower flowers occasionally wingless (in S. kali subsp. pontica sometimes prominently winged), with weak or firm, acute apex, glabrous; fruiting perianth 4–6(–8) mm diam. 2n = 36.


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N.B., N.S., Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.), P.E.I., Que., Ala., Calif., Conn., D.C., Del., Fla., Ga., La., Maine, Mass., Md., Miss., N.C., N.H., N.J., N.Y., Oreg., Pa., R.I., S.C., Tex., Va., coastal areas of Europe, n Africa, sw Asia, introduced and naturalized in other coastal regions.


Subspecies ca. 2 (2 in the flora).

Selected References



1 Perianth segments with rigid, subspinose apex and prominent midvein; bracteoles distinct, not swol- len Salsola kali subsp. kali
1 Perianth segments with weak apex and obscure midvein; bracteoles connate at base, swollen Salsola kali subsp. pontica
... more about "Salsola kali"
Sergei L. Mosyakin +
Linnaeus +
Common saltwort +
N.B. +, N.S. +, Nfld. and Labr. (Nfld.) +, P.E.I. +, Que. +, Ala. +, Calif. +, Conn. +, D.C. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, La. +, Maine +, Mass. +, Md. +, Miss. +, N.C. +, N.H. +, N.J. +, N.Y. +, Oreg. +, Pa. +, R.I. +, S.C. +, Tex. +, Va. +, coastal areas of Europe +, n Africa +, sw Asia +  and introduced and naturalized in other coastal regions. +
Weedy +, Introduced +  and Illustrated +
Salsola kali +
species +