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Triglochin maritima  L.
Arrowgrass,   Seaside arrow grass,   Seaside arrowgrass
Triglochin maritima is a perennial herb (aquatic) that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
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Genus: Triglochin
Family: Juncaginaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: coastal, salt-marsh

Communities: Coastal Salt Marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSTriglochin elata
PLANTSTriglochin elatum
PLANTSTriglochin maritima var. elata
PLANTSTriglochin maritimum var. elatum
PLANTSTriglochin maritimum
Information about  Triglochin maritima from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora


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[Wikipedia] Habitat, Range, Life Cycle, Toxicity: Triglochin maritima is a species of flowering plant in the arrowgrass family Juncaginaceae. It is found in brackish marshes, freshwater marshes, wet sandy beaches, fens, damp grassland and bogs. It has a circumboreal distribution, occurring throughout the northern Northern Hemisphere. In the British Isles it is common on the coast, but very rare inland. It can be an annual or perennial.[6] This plant is believed to be toxic, as it can produce cyanide. However, this is usually when the plant is distressed in drought conditions or due to over harvesting, usually by grazing animals. There is a common belief that this species has been known to cause losses in cattle, with green leaves being more toxic than dried material, yet sheep and deer graze on the plant, especially in rural seaside areas. It could be that belief in the plants' toxicity is apocryphal and based on anecdotal evidence.[8][2] (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/20/2024).