Australian Native Plants

  Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Beaded Samphire)


Sarcocornia quinqueflora photo
Sarcocornia quinqueflora Ricketts Point, Victoria, Australia

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BEADED SAMPHIRE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Sarcocornia quinqueflora in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Beaded Samphire

Other Names
Beaded Glasswort, Glasswort

Description
Beaded Samphire is a perennial succulent or sub-shrub growing to about half a metre in height but often forms a low spreading groundcover. The fleshy stems are segmented into cylindrical or barrel-shaped segments and it has no leaves. The flowers are not very noticeable and are produced from between stem segments at the ends of the branches. The flowers are followed by spongy fruit about 8mm long.

Height
0.1m - 0.5m

Spread
0.5m

Habitat
found around salt lakes and saltpans

Distribution
Sarcocornia quinqueflora is found in Victoria, eastern New South Wales and eastern Queensland and south west of Western Australia from around Shark Bay to Esperance.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Sarcocornia
Species:quinqueflora
Common Name:Beaded Samphire