Cakile edentula (Bigelow) Hook.
Common Name: SEA-ROCKET
Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Nt A-Forb

Cakile edentula B. S. Walters

A characteristic succulent strand plant seldom found far from sites where waves and wind have deposited fruit segments along the sandy beaches and low dunes of the Great Lakes.

Almost all of our plants are the Great Lakes endemic var. lacustris Fernald, with a lanceolate terminal segment in the fruit, only slightly broader than the basal segment. The var. edentula, with a very broad ovoid terminal segment in the fruit, is found along the Atlantic coast. This variety is very uncommon on the Great Lakes shores, where it is apparently introduced (also introduced on the Pacific coast). It is known in Michigan from Berrien, Emmet, Mackinac, and Muskegon Cos. 

 

Locations

Alcona County
Allegan County
Alpena County
Antrim County
Arenac County
    Including Charity Island
Baraga County
Bay County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
Delta County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Huron County
Iosco County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Menominee County
Monroe County
Muskegon County
Oceana County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Van Buren County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. May 18, 2021. https://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=619.