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    Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Samphire)

    Common Name: Samphire

    Botanical Name: Sarcocornia quinqueflora

    Family: Chenopodiaceae

    Distubution: All Australian tidal mudflats and rocky seashores

    Other Names: Beaded Glasswort, Chicken Claws, Bead Weed

    Field Notes: Grows in matts on tidal mudflats. The green to purple stems are beaded and grow to around 5mm thick on average. The purple-green stems contain a woody centre and can grow up to 50cm in length on rare occasions (10-20cm on average).

    Uses: Similar in apperance to its english counterpart (s. stricta) but containing a woody core. Samphire was used by convicts and officers alike in the early days of colonial settlement to battle the dreaded scurvy. It can be eaten raw, cooked or pickled and is most tastiest when steamed or blanched.

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