Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus

Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus

salt marsh bird's beak
salt marsh bird's-beak
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Overview

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Overview

Salt marsh bird’s beak is found in coastal salt marshes from San Luis Obispo County, California, to Northern Baja California, Mexico. Listed as endangered in 1978, and salt marsh bird’s beak is negatively impacted by ongoing threats, including sea level rise from climate change climate change
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, altered hydrology and non-native invasive plants. 

Scientific Name

Cordylanthus maritimus ssp. maritimus
Common Name
salt marsh bird's beak
salt marsh bird's-beak
FWS Category
Flowering Plants

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Physical Characteristics

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Color & Pattern

Salt marsh bird’s beak is an annual plant with an upright, branched growth form. 

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Lifecycle

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Reproduction

Germination occurs in spring, when soil salinity is relatively low and soil moisture is higher. 

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Habitat

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Habitat

This species grows in upper elevations of tidal marsh habitat.

Coastal

The land near a shore.

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Food

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Food

Salt marsh bird’s beak gets water and nutrients through specialized root connections with host plants, which include shore grass, salt grass and alkali heath. 

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