C. maritima: stems hard at the base, with loose, straggling, glabrous branches, a foot long or more; leaves few, thick, fleshy, with few distant oblong or linear lobes; flowers purplish, not unlike those of a Stock; pods on short thick pedicels, distant, in long racemes, when young linear or lanceolate entire, when ripe separating transversely into two joints, the upper one mitre-shaped, the lower one persistent, not unlike the head of a pike, divided into two points, and containing a pendulous ovule, which seldom enlarges into a seed. - Sandy sea-coasts. Fl. June to September.