Australian Native Plants

  Suaeda australis (Seablite)


Suaeda australis photo
Seablite, Suaeda australis. Bermagui NSW

Photograph by John Tann from Sydney. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Suaeda australis photo
Seablite, Suaeda australis

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



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.



SEABLITE FACTS

distribution map showing range of Suaeda australis in Australia

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


Common Name
Seablite

Other Names
Redweed

Description
Seablite is a small, woody, upright perennial herb that grows to 80 cm. Its leaves are succulent, cylindrical to D-shaped in cross-section, alternate and range in colour from green to purple. The leaves are around 5.5 cm long. The plant's flowers are bisexual and form in clusters at the base of the leaf. It has clusters of up to 9 flowers and flowers from September to March. The fruiting body is round and flattened, 1-2 mm long, with 5 succulent lobes closing over the seed. The plant has a red stripe on newly formed stems.

Habitat
coastal shoreline, estuaries, salt marshes.

Distribution
It is found across Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the south-west of Western Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height: 0.8m


Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Suaeda
Species:australis
Common Name:Seablite