Plant Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Samphire)

Blake

Nest In the Hills
Staff member
Administrator
Joined
May 2, 2011
Messages
3,645
Reaction score
230
Location
Central West, NSW
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.



 
Last edited by a moderator:
Top