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.
|Coastal Zone||Saltmarsh, Mangroves|
|Fauna Habitat||Crustaceans and Others|
|Soils||Mud or Sand|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Moderately Wet Areas to Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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