Leaves usually alternate, flattened or semiterete.
Flowers either axillary in 1–4-flowered clusters or gathered towards the ends of the branches into spike-like inflorescences, bisexual or female. Perianth segments 5. Stamens 5 or absent. Stigmas 2 or 3. Seeds horizontal; embryo spiralled in one plane.
Fruiting perianth relatively unchanged, without appendages.
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|1||Low shrubby perennial of coastal maritime areas; plant usually green (occasionally red-tinged); flowers axillary or in short spike-like or paniculate inflorescences||Suaeda australis|
|Sparse erect annuals or short-lived perennials, inland species of saline areas (especially along Murray R.); plants frequently red-tinged; inflorescence leafy, paniculate, occupying at least half of the height of the plant||2|
|2||Fruiting perianth inflated; seed `comma-shaped', surface smooth (under light microscope)||Suaeda baccifera|
|Fruiting perianth not inflated; seed nearly circular with a marginal notch, surface with a faint pattern (under light microscope)|
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|Suaeda sp. A sensu Harden (1990)|