Tecticornia arbuscula (R.Br.) K.A.Sheph. & Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Sclerostegia arbuscula (R.Br.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Arthrocnemum arbuscula (R.Br.) Moq. APNI*
Description: Erect spreading perennial to 2 m high.
Branches succulent, swollen, glaucous or dull green, c. 5 mm diam.; leaf lobes small, entire.
Inflorescences terminal, consisting of 2–6 pairs of bracts. Flowers fused to each other and to the upper bract; lateral flowers male, occasionally reduced.
Seeds 1.5 mm long, pale brown, ± smooth, embryo slightly curved. Fruiting spikes break up into separate internodes each with one pair of fruiting bracts.
Distribution and occurrence: Coastal areas, rock crevices or headlands subject to salt spray or periodically inundated salt marshes.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic. Tas. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990) (as Sclerostegia arbuscula)
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