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Shrubs.  Stems are light brown, becoming woody with age.  Typical plant height is 3 to 6+ ft. (9 to 18+ dm).

Inflorescences are narrow and elongate, raceme-like, with 1 or 2 nodding flower heads located in the axils of small, leaf-like bracts.

Flower heads are discoid (disciform).  Ray florets are absent.  (2-)5 inconspicuous pistillate florets and (3-8+) white to pink staminate florets are present in each head.  The 5 herbaceous (green) involucral bracts give the flower heads their greenish appearance.

Stem and branch leaves are ovate to lanceolate, coarsely toothed, gland-dotted, succulent. 

Plants of coastal salt marshes and tidelands.  Flowers August into September.  Native.

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Similar species:  Flowers resemble those of Artemisia vulgaris, which is herbaceous, not shrubby.

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