Salicornia bigelovii - Torr.
Common Name Dwarf Glasswort, Dwarf saltwort
Family Chenopodiaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards The seed contains saponins[252]. Although poisonous, saponins are poorly absorbed by the human body and so most pass through without harm. Saponins are quite bitter and can be found in many common foods such as some beans. They can be removed by carefully leaching the seed or flour in running water. Thorough cooking, and perhaps changing the cooking water once, will also normally remove most of them. However, it is not advisable to eat large quantities of food that contain saponins. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish[K].
Habitats Salt marshes by the coast[43, 235, 270], often colonising new areas of mud flats through its prolific seed production[252].
Range Eastern N. America - Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas.
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Weed Potential No
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Moist Soil Full sun

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Salicornia bigelovii Dwarf Glasswort, Dwarf saltwort

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2
Salicornia bigelovii Dwarf Glasswort, Dwarf saltwort
Physical Characteristics
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Salicornia bigelovii is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft). It is in flower from Aug to September, and the seeds ripen from Sep to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Wind.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in saline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Salicornia mucronata Bigelow, non Lag.

 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Leaves;  Oil;  Oil.
Edible Uses: Oil;  Oil.

Young leaves and stems - cooked or pickled[105, 172, 177]. The raw seed is inedible due to the presence of saponins, though these remain in the seed-meal when the oil is extracted[252]. The seed contains about 30% of an edible oil and 35% protein[252]. The oil is highly polyunsaturated and similar to safflower oil (Carthamnus tinctorius) in fatty-acid composition[252]. It has a pleasant nut-like flavour and a texture similar to olive oil[252].
Medicinal Uses
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None known


Other Uses
Oil;  Oil.

The seed contains about 30% oil[252].
Cultivation details
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The plants native habitat will give some idea of its cultivation needs. Recent research has shown this plant to have excellent potential as a commercial crop in arid and desert regions near the sea. It needs irrigation, which can sustainably be provided by using sea water.
Seed - we have no information for this species but suggest sowing the seed in situ as soon as it is ripe if this is possible, otherwise sow in spring.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Salicornia europaeaGlasswort30
Salicornia quinquefloraChicken Claws10
Salicornia rubraRed Glasswort, red swampfire10
Salicornia virginicaVirginia Glasswort11


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M.A.Morsy   Sat Aug 25 2007
from where can we get sos7,sos10? is there any scientfic center would like to participate in a resarch programe
Stevo   Tue Mar 24 2009
where can I obtain seeds?
Heinz Koptisch   Fri Dec 4 2009
Where can I obtain seeds for 3 ha?
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