San Onofre State Beach, San Diego Co., CA 6-2-07. © Joan Avise

Sea Rocket

Cakile maritima

Brassicaceae

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Bola Chica wetlands, Huntington Beach, CA 3-15-09. © Joan Avise

Bolsa Chica wetlands, Huntington Beach, CA 2-09-08. © Joan Avise

Crystal Cove State Park, Laguna Beach, CA 5-13-06. © Joan Avise

Seed pods. San Onofre State Beach, San Diego Co., CA 6-2-07. © Joan Avise. Each seed capsule contains two seeds. Note the groove where the seed capsule fractures, resulting in the outer seed falling off while the other remains attached to the plant.  The seeds are spongy and can float, which enhances their ability to extend the plant's range.