Suaeda australis (R.Br.) Moq.

Austral Sea-blite

Ann. Sci. Nat., ser. 1, 23: 318 (1831) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or rounded perennial, to c. 0.7 m high, glabrous, bright green, yellowish or red-tinted. Leaves linear, trigonous in section or subterete, or narrowly obovoid, acute or obtuse, mostly 7–20(–50) mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide. Flowers bisexual (or rarely female), in axillary clusters; perianth lobed from below midway. Fruiting perianth slightly succulent but not inflated, depressed-globular, to c. 2 mm diam.; seed horizontal, lenticular, 1–1.5 mm diam., testa black or dark reddish-brown, smooth. Flowers mostly Oct.–Mar.

Brid, EGL, GipP, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW, Tas. Common fringing coastal and estuarine saltmarsh or brackish swamps, localized further inland where noted from Lake Corangamite and Natimuk districts.

A very variable species, possibly incorporating several taxa; chief differences appear to be in habit and length and relative thickness of leaves.

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, 2017-07-06
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Suaeda
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Suaeda australis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Suaeda australis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Otway Ranges present native