Frankenia crispa J.M.Black

Hoary Sea-heath

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 56: 43, t. 2 fig. 4 (1932) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Low, densely branched shrub; branches densely covered in appressed, recurved hairs; internodes 3–13 mm long. Leaves on long-shoot 2–6 mm long; petiole 0.8–1.5 mm long, narrowed markedly and more or less cylindric distally where 0.2–0.3 mm wide, usually hairy below; leaf-blade narrowly oblong, subterete, 0.7–1 mm wide; margins tightly revolute; midrib prominent, raised on lower surface; surfaces greyish yellow-green, punctate, upper surface glabrous, lower surface hairy or glabrous; short-shoot leaves similar. Flowers 2–7 in axillary dichasia or solitary. Calyx 5-lobed, 5–7 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide near apex, wholly covered in short retrorse, incurved hairs or glabrous towards base; petals 5, 6–10 mm long; stamens 6; style-branches 3; ovules 3. Flowers most of year.

LoM, MuM, RobP. Also SA, NSW. Restricted to the far north-west in Victoria where growing around salt lakes and saline depressions.

Source: Entwisle, T.J. (1996). Frankeniaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-02-08
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
family Frankeniaceae
genus Frankenia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Frankenia crispa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Frankenia crispa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native

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South Australia