27. Halogeton C. A. Meyer in C. F. von Ledebour, Icon. Pl. 1: 10, plate 40. 1829.
(Greek halos, salt, and geiton, neighbor, in reference to the habitat of the species)
Noel H. Holmgren
Herbs, annual, polygamous, herbage glaucous, glabrous except for axillary tufts of long white hairs. Stems erect or spreading, much-branched, not jointed, not armed, somewhat fleshy. Leaves alternate, sessile, ± succulent; blade terete, narrowly oblong, base expanded, clasping, apex obtuse with caducous, flexible bristle. Inflorescences axillary glomerules; bracts leaflike. Flowers bisexual and unisexual; perianth persistent, deeply 5-parted, not imbricate, apically winged, some with flabellate blade, often indurate; stamens 5 or fewer; stigmas 2. Fruits utricles, orbiculate; pericarp somewhat adherent to seed. Seeds vertical, orbiculate, flattened; seed coat brown or brownish black; perisperm absent. x = 9.
Species 5 (1 in the flora): introduced; Mediterranean region to c Asia.
Blackwell, W. H., J. D. Haacke, and C. O. Hopkins. 1979. Halogeton (Chenopodiaceae) in North America. Sida 8: 157-169.