Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 3:20 (1980).
Synonymy: Salicornia arbuscula R. Br., Prod. Fl. Nov. Holl. 411 (1810); Arthrocnemum arbuscula (R. Br.) Moq., Chenop. Monogr. Enum. 113 (1840).
Common name: Shrubby glasswort.
Much branched shrub to 2 m high, with ascending branches; articles obovoid, c. 5 mm long, shortly lobed.
Spikes of 2-6 articles, succulent; bracts united in opposite pairs and almost enclosing the flowers; flowers ascending, intimately fused to each other; lateral (male) flowers smaller than the central (bisexual) flower.
Fruit: perianth shrivelled, weak; pericarp thick and hard, deltoid in lateral view and passing into the hard persistent exserted style; seed elliptic, c. 1.5 mm long; mature spike persisting for some time and eventually breaking up into its separate articles.
||Sclerostegia arbusculata twig, spike and portion of spike
Image source: fig. 171a in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Wilson (1980) Nuytsia 3:81.
Principally a species of coastal salt marshes.
W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vie.; Tas.
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: all months.
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