Beadweed

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Tecticornia indica

Family : Chenopodiaceae

The Bead Weed is a succulent samphire that can form extensive mats. It is a leafless plant made up of jointed stems. These can vary in colour from shades of green to pink or purple, depending on water availability and salt concentration. They have branches that mostly lay flat when exposed to air.

Flowers are tiny and found in sunken joints of the branches. The tiny brown fruit are covered in stiff hairs and contain a single seed.

This plant can withstand inundation with salt water for long periods. It has an important role in creating nursery areas in tidal flats for crustaceans, fish and many other marine organisms.

The Beadweed was used by early settlers as a vegetable replacement. In a garden situation, samphires would make an attractive plant near saltwater pools, although salt water is not necessary for their growth.

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Quick Facts

Flowers All Year
Fruit All Year
Coastal Zone Saltmarsh, Mangroves
Fauna Habitat Crustaceans and Others
Growth Habit Herb
Typical Height Creeper
Soils Mud or Sand
Amount of Sun Full or Partial Sun
Amount of Water Moderately Wet Areas to Wet Areas
Salt Tolerance Extremely Tolerant

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the Coastal Dry Tropics Landcare Group Incorporated (CTDLI) to the development of this page's information.

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