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Family: Chenopodiaceae
Suaeda aegyptiaca

Citation: Zoh., J. Linn. Soc. (Bot.) 55:635 (1957).

Synonymy: Chenopodium aegyptiacum Hasselq., It. Palaest. 460 (1757); Suaeda baccata Forsskål ex J. Gmelin, Syst. Nat. 2:503 (1791); S. baccata Forsskål, Fl. Aegypt.-Arab. 69 (1775), nom. inval.

Common name: None

Description:
Decumbent to erect annual or perennial branching from the base, glabrous (or sparsely puberulent when young); leaves semiterete, incurved, obtuse, c. 10 mm long, c. 1 mm wide.

Flowers in axillary clusters forming long dense spicate inflorescences; fruiting perianth turbinate, connate in the basal half to the semi-inferior ovary; lobes spongy-baccate, inflated; free portion of the ovary narrow-conical, truncate; stigmas 3, slender, c. 0.5 mm long, white when dry; style minute.

Seed erect, broadly ovate, c. 1.5 mm long; testa glossy, black.

Distribution:  Found around salt marshes.

S.Aust.: EP, NL.   Native to North Africa and Arabia.

Conservation status: naturalised

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: probably all year.


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: This species is generally referred to as an annual herb but evidently living for 10 or more years in S.Aust.

Author: Not yet available


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