Cakile constricta

Contr. Gray Herb. 205: 131. 1974.
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 7. Treatment on page 427. Mentioned on page 425.

Annuals. Stems erect, 1–3 dm. Cauline leaves: blade ovate to spatulate, margins crenate, dentate, or sinuate (not pinnatifid). Racemes usually 1–2 dm, rarely longer; rachis not geniculate. Fruiting pedicels 2.5–7 mm. Flowers: sepals ca. 4 mm, lateral pair not saccate basally; petals white or lavender, 5.3–8 × 1.3–2.6 mm, claw distinct. Fruits (terete or 4-angled), lanceoloid, 14–22 × 3–4 mm, (constricted at articulation of segments); proximal segment terete, long-cylindrical, (5–8.5 mm); terminal segment fusiform, (9–15 mm, beak conic), apex acute. Seeds: cotyledons accumbent. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sandy shores
Elevation: ca. 0 m


Cakile constricta is disjunct in Florida (not known from the Keys or southwestern Florida, where immature plants of C. lanceolata subspp. fusiformis and pseudoconstricta may be confused with it).

Selected References


Lower Taxa