Common name: samphire
Crithmum maritimum L. APNI*
Description: Erect to decumbent perennial fleshy herb to 50 cm high, glabrous, sometimes glaucous. Stems solid, sometimes woody towards the base.
Leaves 1–2-pinnate, 3–7 cm long; segments fleshy linear-oblanceolate, sub-terete, 3–5 mm wide, margins entire; petiole to 5 cm long.
Umbels compound with 8–36 rays; 3–6 cm diam., peduncles ; bracts 5–8 mm long, entire. Sepals minute. Petals c. 1 mm long, yellow or yellow green.
Fruit ovoid-oblong, 5–6 mm long, yellowish or purple, spongy when fresh; mericarps triangular in cross-section. Carpophore c. 5 mm long.
Flowering: Flowers March–May.
Distribution and occurrence: Inhabits rocks and cliffs by the sea. Recorded from Clovelly and Maroubra.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *SC
Text by Barbara Wiecek
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