in T.Mitch., J. Exped. Trop. Australia 305 (1848) APNI
Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)
Low, densely branched sprawling to erect shrub; branches sparsely to densely covered in spreading to uncinate hairs c. 0.1–0.5 or more (longer on plants with glabrous leaves), or rarely glabrous; internodes 5–32 mm long. Leaves on long-shoot 3–13 mm long; petiole 0.4–2.7 mm long, tapered distally where 0.3–0.8(–1.2) mm wide, ciliate; leaf-blade elliptic, oblong, obovate or ovate, 1–8 mm wide, coriaceous; flat or with margins loosely to tightly revolute; midrib inconspicuous or prominent, linear to flat; surfaces greyish yellow-green, glabrous to densely covered in spreading to uncinate hairs; short-shoot leaves similar. Flowers 1–19 in terminal or axillary dichasia, or solitary. Calyx 5-lobed, 4–10 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, glabrous to densely hairy; petals (4–)5, 6–15 mm long; stamens 6; style-branches 2 or 3; ovules usually 2 or 3. Flowers most of year.
LoM, MuM, MSB, OtP, OtR, RobP, Wim. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Restricted to salt lake verges in the north-west, north of Dimboola area.
A variable species, particularly in regard to hairiness and the marginal curvature of leaves. Two major variants can be distinguished: one with glabrous leaves and usually longer but dense stem-hairs (= Frankenia sp. aff. gracilis sensu Willis 1973), the other with densely hairy leaves and generally shorter stem-hairs (= F. angustipetala). Whalen (1986) considered such variants to be insufficiently distinct over the range of the species and not warranting taxonomic recognition. The glabrous-leaved variant can be difficult to distinguish from F. pauciflora but the stem-hairs are longer (c. 0.5 mm or more) in F. serpyllifolia.
Whalen, M.A. (1986). 'Frankeniaceae' in J.P. Jessop & H.R. Toelken (eds), Flora of South Australia 2: 873-881.
Willis, J.H. (1973). A handbook to plants in Victoria, Melbourne University Press, Carlton.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|New South Wales|