Sea Purslane

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Sesuvium portulacastrum

Family : Aizoaceae

This samphire is a succulent, prostrate, spreading herb that can grow to 2 metres in width. It has roots at the nodes making it excellent for holding clumps of sand together. The foliage is stalkless and fleshy green. Succulent leaves are variable in size, often growing to 7 cm. The stems are thick and succulent and often bright pink, contrasting with the green leaves.

Flowers are small and pink, found singly. The Sea Purslane has separate male and female plants and flowers appear sporadically throughout the year. Fruit are smooth capsules that contain small black seeds, which also appear sporadically.

This is a very attractive ground cover to have in the garden and is low maintenance. It can stand inundation of salt or fresh water. This coastal herb can be found throughout the entire Queensland coastline in tidal flats and mangrove edges.


Quick Facts

Flowers All year
Fruit All year
Coastal Zone Saltmarsh, Mangroves
Fauna Habitat Insects and Others
Growth Habit Herb
Typical Height Creeper
Soils Sand, Mud
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Moderately Wet 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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