Suaeda

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual, or short-lived perennial herbs or weak shrubs, almost or quite glabrous. Leaves alternate, linear to narrow-elliptic, fleshy. Flowers unisexual or bisexual, in small clusters in axils of upper leaves, each flower subtended by 2 or 3 small scale-like bracteoles; perianth succulent, 5-lobed; stamens 5, sometimes attached to perianth tube; ovary free or partially united to perianth; stigmas 2 or 3. Fruiting perianth unaltered from flowering state or enlarged; pericarp membranous or slightly succulent; seed lenticular; testa thin, crustaceous or membranous.

Mostly Northern Hemisphere genus of c. 140 species; 4 naturalised and 2 endemic in Australia.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
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genus Suaeda
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