Suaeda maritima subsp. maritima

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect or ascending annual, branched from near base, to c. 1 m high, glabrous, dull grey-green to strongly pink-tinged. Leaves linear to narrowly elliptic, acute or obtuse, 6-15 mm long, c. 1 mm wide. Flowers all bisexual or some female, in axillary clusters; perianth lobed from base. Fruiting perianth not inflated, but sometimes prominently keeled dorsally and/or with a narrow basal lobe, depressed-globular, to c. 2.5 mm diam.; seed horizontal, lenticular with perimeter acute, slightly keeled, 1.5-2 mm diam., testa dark reddish-brown, minutely reticulate-patterned (visible at × 20 magnification).  Flowers May, Sep. (2 records).

*MuF, *MuM, *VRiv. Also naturalised Tas. Native through much of Europe, western Asia. Collected chiefly from roadsides on slightly saline, loamy or clay soils, with dense local infestations (Mildura, Cohuna and Cobram areas).

A very variable and widespread species in Europe where predominantly a species of coastal saltmarshes.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-10-05
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Suaeda maritima subsp. maritima in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Suaeda maritima subsp. maritima in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Murray Fans present introduced