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Suaeda australis

Family : Chenopodiaceae

The Saltbush is an upright herb that grows to 1m in height and width, though usually much smaller. The leaves are succulent, thick and about 4 cm long. They are often a dull green in colour. Both the leaves and stalks will change colour to yellow, orange or red with an increase in salt concentration. Leaves eventually wither and drop off to shed salt.

Flowers appear in sprays on long green stalks. Fruit is small, gritty and yellowish, appearing like crumbs. Both flowers and fruits appear periodically.

This plant is typically found along mangrove margins and areas that are prone to tidal inundation. Samphires help to create an intertidal nursery area for many marine organisms. This plant grows well in areas of gardens with most soils.


Quick Facts

Flowers All Year
Fruit All Year
Coastal Zone Saltmarsh, Mangroves
Fauna Habitat Insects and Others
Growth Habit Herb
Typical Height <1m
Soils Well Drained Soils
Amount of Sun Full Sun
Amount of Water Dry Areas to Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant


NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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