Salicornia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Salicornia glassworts
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n salicornia A genus of apetalous plants of the order Chenopodiaceæ, type of the tribe Salicornieæ, having the flowers immersed in hollows of the upper joints of the stem, from which the two light-yellow anthers protrude. The small fleshy three- or four-toothed perianth becomes spongy and thickened in fruit, inclosing the ovoid utricle, which contains a single erect seed destitute of albumen, having a conduplicate embryo with two thickish seed-leaves. The 8 species are native of saline soils throughout the world, and are remarkable for their smooth, fleshy, leafless, and jointed stems, erect or decumbent, and bearing many short branches, their numerous joints dilated above into sheaths which form a socket partly inclosing the next higher joint. Their inconspicuous flowers form terminal fleshy and cylindrical spikes closely resembling the branches. See glasswort and marsh-samphire, also crab-grass, 2, and jume.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Salicornia sal-i-kor′ni-a a genus of apetalous plants—the glass-wort, marsh-samphire.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sal, salt, cornu, a horn.

Usage

In literature:

It was well grassed, but its sandy patches were covered with Salicornia.
"Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia" by Ludwig Leichhardt
Salsola and salicornia are also very abundant, and show the saline nature of the soil.
"Journals of Australian Explorations" by A C and F T Gregory
Towards this Royleoid occurs but sparingly, and the first change takes place in the abundance of Salicornia or Kochia.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
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In news:

In the mid-'80s, an atmospheric physicist named Carl N Hodges predicted that the key to saving the planet was to make the desert bloom—with a spindly saltwater plant known as salicornia, a.k.a.
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