Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet
Citation: Lindley in T.L Mitchell, J. Trop. Austral. 305 (1848).
Synonymy: F. serpyllifolia Lindley var. eremophila J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 42:179 (1918); F. connata Sprague, Kew Bull. 1925:426 (1925); F. flabellata Sprague, Kew Bull. 1925:427 (1925); F. angustipetala Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:374 (1930); F. densa Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:373 (1930); F. eremophila (J. Black)Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:375 (1930); F. gracilis Summerh., J. Lin. Soc.(Bot.) 48:380 (1930); F. hamata Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:381 (1930); F. latior Sprague & Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:376 (1930); F. planifolia Sprague & Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:377 (1930); F. uncinata Sprague & Summerh., J. Linn. Soc.(Bot.) 48:381 (1930). , Frankenia pauciflora
Common name: Bristly (or clustered or dainty or downy or hairy) sea-heath.
Published illustration: Erickson et al. (1973) Flowers and plants of Western Australia, p. 143; Williams (1979) Native plants of Queensland 1:127; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, pp. 500 & 501.
Biology: No text
Taxonomic notes: Frankenia serpyllifolia is a highly variable species which shows a weak level of geographical differentiation over its range. For example, plants along the Nullarbor Plain tend to have unusually broad prominent mid-veins. Pubescence, in particular, is highly variable and there is a tendency for the frequency of plants with uncinate hairs to increase from southern to northern S.Aust. However, variation in these characters is very gradual, and there is considerable interpopulational variation within, as well as between, regions. Numerous species all considered synonymous with F. serpyllifolia here, have previously been described on the basis of leaf shape and size; pubescence type, length and abundance; and mid-vein prominence. However, there is so much overlap in the characters which distinguish these species, that they are considered insufficiently distinct to warrant recognition here.
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State Herbarium of South Australia