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Halosarcia halocnemoides

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 3:31 (1980).

Synonymy: Arthrocnemum halocnemoides Nees in Lehm., Pl. Preiss. 1:632 (1845).

Common name: Grey samphire, grey glasswort.

Spreading or erect shrubs to 0.5 m high; articles globular to obovoid, mostly 3-5 mm long, lobes entire; spikes terminal, the articles circular or compressed; opposite bracts united, undulate to truncate.

Flowers free from each other and from the bracts, exposed at the apex, vertical to the spike axis; perianth succulent; apex truncate to rounded; lateral lobes prominent; abaxial lobe small and within the lateral lobes.

Fruiting perianth either soft and becoming shrivelled on drying or firm, chartaceous and translucent, free from the bracts; pericarp thin, intimately fused to the perianth; seed discoid, ovate to circular, c. 1 mm long; testa crustaceous, reddish-brown, tuberculate in concentric rows over the embryo; fruitlets eventually breaking away from the axis with the seed protruding at the torn base.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Spikes slender, to 8 cm long, even in outline; seed semicircular, smooth
subsp. longispicata 4b.
1. Spikes to 2 cm long, undulate or even in outline; seed smooth or granular
2. Articles narrow-cylindrical to narrowly barrel-shaped; spikes slender even in outline
subsp. tenuis 4c.
2. Articles obovoid (often broadly so), spikes undulate in outline
subsp. halocnemoides 4a.

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