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Palustrine Forested Wetland Species Spotlight

Image of Dwarf saltwort (Salicornia bigelovii), courtesy of David Lemke at TAMUCourtesy of David Lemke at TAMU

 Dwarf saltwort
Salicornia bigelovii

 Description: Glassworts are succulent, fleshy plants with opposite leaves that extremely small, scale-like, and simple. They have jointed stems and are found in saline environments. The yellow flowers are tiny and are sunken into the stem. Dwarf glasswort has ascending stems and pointed scales. The inflorescence is wider than the stem.

 Life History: Flowers in summer and early fall.

 Habitat: Coastal salt marshes and tidal wetlands.

 Distribution: The Atlantic seaboard from Nova Scotia down to Texas and Mexico. Also in California.

 Resources:

Maine Department of Conservation

 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


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 Palustrine Forested Wetland

Palustrine Forested Wetland - Includes all tidal and nontidal wetlands dominated by woody vegetation greater than or equal to 5 meters in height, and all such wetlands that occur in tidal areas in which salinity due to ocean-derived salts is below 0.5 percent. Total vegetation coverage is greater than 20 percent.

Characteristic species: Tupelo (Nyssa), Cottonwoods (Populus deltoids), Bald Cypress (Taodium distichum), American Elm (Ulmus Americana), Ash (Fraxinus), and tamarack.

graph of palustrine forested wetland change from 1996 to 2005 as a percentage of total acreage, courtesy Houston Advanced Research Center

map of texas coast land use


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