Spent flowers.

Leaves and fruiting bodies.


Common Name

Leafy Sea-heath




Shrub to 60cm tall.  Leaves in whorls, with membranous stipules at the base, which encircle the stem.  Leaves 0.2-0.8cm long, 0.8-1.5mm wide, linear, hairy, exuding salt, edges tightly rolled downwards, midrib prominent below.  Flowers pink, with 5 petals, solitary or in open groups of 2-16 flowers, at the ends of the branches, each flower subtended by a whorl of 4 leaf-like bracts.  Rare Vic.

Differentiation between the species of Frankenia is based on details of the ovaries, beyond the scope of this key.

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 500

PlantNET description:

Photos by AJ Brown © State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries 2013. Victorian Resources Online Reproduced with permission.