Australian Native Plants

  Tecticornia indica (Glasswort)


Tecticornia indica photo
Tecticornia indica subsp. Bidens

Photograph by Kevin Thiele. Some rights reserved.



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



GLASSWORT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Tecticornia indica in Australia

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


Common Name
Glasswort

Description
Tecticornia indica (Glasswort ) is a succulent plant that grows up to 1 m high. Glasswort leaves are barrel shaped (giving the appearance of being leafless) with a woody stem. Glasswort flowers (bisexual and inconspicuous) bloom from December to March in southern Queensland, but in the northern Wet Tropics they bloom during June and July. It has a spiky flower head. Glasswort seeds are around 1 mm in diameter. Glasswort is sometimes confused with Bead Weed (Sarcocornia) but it can be distinguished by differences in its woody stem and trunk. Also, glasswort has more rounded and bulbous segments than bead weed.

Habitat
coastal saltmarsh, also inland saline areas

Distribution
all mainland states of Australia

Growth Characteristics
Height: 1m
Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Tecticornia
Species:indica
Common Name:Glasswort


Relatives in same Genus
  Tecticornia arbuscula
  Tecticornia pergranulata