Species Details

Suaeda californica

California seablite

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Scientific Name:
Suaeda californica Wats.
Common Name:
California seablite
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Element Code: PDCHE0P020
USDA Plants Symbol: SUCA
Synonyms/Other Names:
Lifeform: perennial evergreen shrub
Blooming Period: Jul-Oct
Elevation:
0 - 15 meters
0 - 50 feet
General Habitat:
  • Marshes and swamps (coastal salt)
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
Notes:
Formerly more widespread in San Francisco Bay Area, where now nearly extirpated by development; currently only known from fragmented populations in San Francisco Bay Area and Morro Bay. Remains from adobe bricks indicate plant may once have occurred along the Petaluma River, SON Co. (484A). Often confused with S. esteroa and S. taxifolia in southern California, but does not occur there. Threatened by development, recreational activities, erosion, non-native plants, and alteration of marsh habitat.
Threats:
Taxonomy:
Other:
References:
Total Occurrences: 18
Element Occurrence Ranks:
A B C D X U
0 2 2 1 5 8
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 6
Recent <=20 Years 12
Presence:
Presumed Extant 13
Possibly Extirpated 4
Presumed Extirpated 1
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Alameda (ALA)*, Contra Costa (CCA)*, San Francisco (SFO)*, San Luis Obispo (SLO), Santa Clara (SCL)*, Ventura (VEN)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Cayucos (3512048), Hunters Point (3712263), Milpitas (3712148), Morro Bay North (3512047), Morro Bay South (3512037), Mountain View (3712241)*, Niles (3712158), Oakland West (3712273), Point Mugu (3411911), Richmond (3712283)*, San Francisco South (3712264), San Leandro (3712262)*
Notes:
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.

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