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Family: Frankeniaceae
Frankenia plicata

Citation: Melville, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 80:144 (1957).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Small densely branched shrubs; branches differentiated into long- and short-shoots, short-pilose, hairs spreading to lightly curved, internodes 0.6-7.5 mm long; long-shoot leaves 2.8-6.2 mm long; leaf bases 0.5-2 mm long, 0.5-1.2 mm wide at the distal end, medially somewhat thickened and indurate, flattened towards the margins, tapering somewhat toward the distal end; leaf blades narrowly oblong, 0.8-1 mm wide, subterete, rigidly coriaceous, somewhat succulent; margins strongly thickened, tightly revolute on fresh, dried, and boiled material, true abaxial surface reduced to a narrow medial furrow; mid-vein narrow, linear, inconspicuous; surfaces grey-green, punctate, adaxial surface glabrous to puberulent with spreading hairs, abaxial surface puberulent; short-shoot leaves similar to long-shoot leaves.

Flowers borne at the top 1-4 nodes of the upper branches, commonly solitary or in dichasia with 2 or 3 flowers, subtended by 1 or 2 pairs of leaf-like floral bracts not connate at the base; calyces 5- or 6-lobed, 6.4-7.8 mm long, 2-3 mm wide near the apex, tubular, gradually broadening toward the apex, centres of ribs glabrous, margins and grooves puberulent with lightly curved to spreading hairs; petals 5 or 6, spathulate, 7.4-10.7 mm long; stamens 6, in 2 unequal whorls, 5.8-9.7 mm long; styles 7.2-8.9 mm long; style-branches 3, 0.8-1.5 mm long; stigmas terminal, lightly swollen at the tips, 0.2-0.3 mm long; ovaries with 3 short basal-parietal placentae; ovules 5 or 6, 1 or 2 per placenta, attached 0.2-0.5 mm from the carpel base on long recurving funicles.

Capsules 1- or 2-seeded, seeds 1.1-1.5 mm long.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, GT.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Sept. — Oct.

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