Tecticornia indica (Glasswort)
Tecticornia indica subsp. Bidens
Photograph by Kevin Thiele. Some rights reserved.
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.
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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.
coastal saltmarsh, also inland saline areas
all mainland states of Australia
Relatives in same Genus