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Scientific Name: Frankenia pauciflora
Southern Sea Heath flowers
Southern Sea-heath flowers
Photo: A J Brown


Native of Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

Plant Description:

A prostrate or rounded
perennial shrub to 0.5 m high, with many branches; often forming mats. The small linear and somewhat fleshy, dull green leaves are arranged oppositely with backward curving margins and are 3-7 mm long and 1 mm wide. Flowers are pink or white and stalkless. The 5-6 petals are 9-12 mm long and the fruit are capsules which contain several smooth to minutely warty seeds.


Common component of coastal saltmarshes.

RegionSalinity ClassWaterlogging Class
*Western, *GippslandS2, S3W2, W3
*mainly confined to coastal areas


Eastern Australian populations are generally referred to var.
gunnii. Similar to other sea-heaths but other Victorian species are largely confined to the north-west (Mallee and Wimmera), Small-leaf Sea-heath (Frankenia sessilis) and Leafy Sea-heath (Frankenia foliosa).

Southern Sea-heath Photos

Southern Sea Heath leaves
Southern Sea-heath leaves
Photo: A J Brown
Southern Sea Heath and Rounded Noon-flower
Southern Sea-heath with scattered Rounded Noon-flower on the
edge of a salt lake
Photo: A J Brown

Southern Sea Heath stand
Stand of Southern Sea-heath
Photo: A J Brown

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