Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Northern Saltwort - Salsola kali var. kali   L.
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DistributionSpecimens at NCU were carefully checked in May 2019 and only one was clearly var. kali. Others are likely to turn up in other herbaria. Weakley (2018) considers it as not native in N.A.

Europe; in N.A. from Newf. to SC, but likely not native in this N.A. range. Weakley (2018) considers that the very similar var. caroliniana is native along the Southeastern coast.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatBeaches and dunes.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-frost.
IdentificationThis is a very bushy, low, succulent plant with spiny leaves, often with much red color. All 3 taxa look similar, growing in sand and having that "do not touch" appearance due to strong spines. Weakley (2018) says this species can be separated from the rather common var. caroliniana by its perianth segments with a "subspinose apex and prominent midvein" vs. the segments with a "weak non-spiny apex and obscure midvein".
Taxonomic CommentsIncluded within Salsola kali in most references. Kali soda is a synonym.

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