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Frankenia serpyllifolia Lindl.
Family Frankeniaceae
Frankenia serpyllifolia Lindl. APNI*

Description: Low spreading shrub or bushy herb to 30 cm high and 50 cm diam., hairs short, spreading.

Leaves ovate to oblong or elliptic, 3–9 mm long, margins recurved, midrib and some of lower surface exposed, pubescent.

Flowers in much-branched dichasia; bracts and bracteoles similar to leaves but often smaller and more hairy. Calyx 5–9 mm long, ribs with bristly to long soft hairs, grooves minutely pubescent. Petals 7–12 mm long. Stamens 6 or 7.

Seeds smooth or finely wrinkled.


Photo © ANBG

Flowering: spring.

Distribution and occurrence: Grows on flood plains or heavy grey clays.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld S.A. N.T.
AVH map***

Text by C. Miller
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)


APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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