Frankenia foliosa J.M.Black

Leafy Sea-heath

Trans. & Proc. Roy. Soc. South Australia 42: 177, t. 17 figs. 7-9 (1918) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Compact dwarf shrub, to 15 cm tall; branches densely covered in minute, spreading hairs; internodes 1–9 mm long. Leaves on long-shoot 3–9 mm long; petiole 0.1–0.7 mm long, not narrowed distally where 0.8–1.2 mm wide, hairy; leaf-blade ovate or oblong, subterete, 0.8–1.4 mm wide; margins tightly revolute; midrib very prominent, raised on lower surface, broad, flat; surfaces grey-green, covered in minute hairs or midvein and lower surface rarely glabrous; short-shoot leaves often slightly shorter. Flowers 2–16 in axillary dichasia or solitary. Calyx 5-lobed, 5–6 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, wholly hairy or centres of ribs glabrous; petals 5, 7–11 mm long; stamens 6; style-branches 3; ovules c. 14–40. Flowers most of year.

LoM, MuM, MSB. Also SA, Qld, NSW. On saline and gypseous soils in the Murray-Mallee region, from Lake Tyrrell to the far north-west corner of Victoria.

Frankenia foliosa is characterized by apparently sessile leaves having a prominent midrib and the overall covering of minute, almost papillate hairs.

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 foliosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Frankenia foliosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native

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