Frankenia sessilis Summerh.

Small-leaf Sea-heath

J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 48: 353 (1930) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Low, spreading shrub, to 15 cm tall; branches covered in minute, spreading hairs; internodes 0.6–8 mm long. Leaves on long-shoot 1–6 mm long, sessile or subsessile; petiole to 0.5 mm long, not narrowed distally where 0.8–1.2 mm wide, minutely ciliate; leaf-blade ovate to oblong, 0.7–1.7 mm wide, subterete, coriaceous, grooved beneath; margins strongly and tightly revolute, almost concealing lower surface; midrib narrow, linear, inconspicuous or somewhat raised on lower surface; surfaces greyish yellow-green, upper surface glabrous or with scattered minute hairs, lower surface with minute, spreading hairs; short-shoot leaves similar but often shorter. Flowers solitary or 2–7 in axillary dichasia. Calyx 4(–5)-lobed, 3–8 mm long, 1–2 mm wide, sparsely to densely hairy; petals 4(–5), 5–7(–9) mm long; stamens 4(–5); style-branches 2–3(–4); ovules 2 or 3. Flowers most of year.

LoM, MuM, MSB, Wim. Also WA, SA. Grows in shrubland on saline soils in north-west of State.

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

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia