Flowers. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

A Sea-heath




Shrub, prostrate.  Fresh plant covered in brine.  Leaves opposite each other or in clusters.  Leaves thick, 0.2-0.6cm long, about 1mm wide in dried specimens, hairy, exuding salt, with the edges rolled downwards so that little can be seen of the lower side, and a pointed tip.  Flowers white, with 5 petals, solitary at the bases of the leaves and at the tops of the stems. 

Naturally occurring on Scotia Sanctuary, NSW, on the edge of the playa lake.

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