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Salicornia virginica

Pickleweed plant near the shore, Marin, California.  This is the most abundant flowering plant that forms extensive colonies in the salt marshes of Marin County.

Close up of the tips of pickleweed that have not taken up salt water.

Pickleweed that is in close proximity to salt water from San Francisco Bay has a tendency to become red as the succulent stems take up salt water and change color, that produces a colorful effect in the bays marshlands. 

Close up of the green tips of pickleweed becoming red as the plant takes up salt water.