Common name: Samphire, Glasswort
Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Bunge ex Ung.-Sternb.) A.J.Scott APNI*
Description: Mostly decumbent spreading perennial to c. 30 cm high, rooting at the nodes.
Branches c. 5 mm wide.
Inflorescence clusters 5–9-flowered. Flowers bisexual, but occasionally functionally unisexual.
Fruiting perianth becoming dry and falling with the fruit. Seed circular, c. 1 mm diam., with trichomes especially around the periphery, perisperm absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Mostly in coastal areas and frequently in habitats periodically inundated by salt water.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, LHI
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. Tas. S.A. W.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
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