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Genus: Salicornia

[= Arthrocnemum]

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Core Eudicots > Order: Caryophyllales > Family: Amaranthaceae > Subfamily: Chenopodioideae

About 13 species, found nearly worldwide, but not Australia. Four species native to southern Africa, found along the coast in sheltered, saline conditions.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Mozambique.

Salicornia meyeriana

Salicornia pachystachya  
Salicornia perrieri  
Salicornia uniflora  


  • Moss, C.E. 1954. The species of Arthrocnemum and Salicornia in southern Africa. Journal of South African Botany 20: 1-22.

  • O'Callaghan, M. 1992. The ecology and identification of the southern African Salicornieae (Chenopodiaceae). South African Journal of Botany 58: 430-439.

  • Tölken, H.R. 1967. The species of Arthrocnemum and Salicornia (Chenopodiaceae) in South Africa. Bothalia 9: 255-307.