Australian Native Plants

  Tecticornia pergranulata (Blackseed Samphire)


Tecticornia pergranulata photo
Tecticornia pergranulata subsp. pergranulata, (culivated, labelled as Halosarcia pergranulata ssp. pergranulata) Geelong Botanic Gardens Victoria,

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)




BLACKSEED SAMPHIRE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Tecticornia pergranulata in Australia

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


Common Name
Blackseed Samphire

Other Names
Blackseed Glasswort, Beadbush

Description
Blackseed Samphire is a dense succulent sub-shrub that grows to about one metre in height, but often less. The stems are woody and segmented without leaves, Branchlets are made of small bead shaped segments about 3mm long. The small flowers grow on succulent spikes at branch tips and are produced in spring and early summer. The flowering spike turns into a fruiting spike containing brown or black round seeds about 1 mm across. The plant can tolerate high levels of salinity.

Height
1m

Habitat
found in coastal areas and on edges of inland salt lakes and salty wetlands.

Distribution
Tecticornia pergranulata is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Tecticornia
Species:pergranulata
Common Name:Blackseed Samphire


Relatives in same Genus
  Tecticornia arbuscula