Suaeda australis (Seablite)
Seablite, Suaeda australis. Bermagui NSW
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Seablite, Suaeda australis
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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
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.
coastal shoreline, estuaries, salt marshes.
It is found across Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and the south-west of Western Australia.