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Genus Sarcocornia Family Chenopodiaceae

Description: Perennials with swollen, succulent, jointed branches.

Leaves opposite, reduced to scarious lobes.

Inflorescence terminal, spike-like, with 3–12-flowered clusters in the axil of leaf-like bracts. Flowers bisexual but functionally unisexual, or the plants dioecious. Perianth 3- or 4-lobed, membranous. Stamens 2.

Fruiting perianth spongy. Embryo horseshoe-shaped.


Distribution and occurrence: World: 16 species, cosmopolitan. Australia: 3 species, all States except N.T.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

One species in NSW: Sarcocornia quinqueflora

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