Suaeda fruticosa

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Suaeda fruticosa Forssk. Ex J. F. Gmel
  • Synonyms : Chenopodium fruticosum L.
  • Common Name : Moras
  • Plant Family : Chenopodiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb
  • Occurrence (Special Areas) : Indroda Park

About Suaeda fruticosa Plant :

  • Habit : An erect or diffuse, perennial herbs, subfruticose, much-branched, branches spreading with stems somewhat woody at the base, herbaceous in upper parts, glabrous glaucous-green, in younger parts terete, pale, brown and faintly striate in older.
  • Leaves : Sessile, linear-oblong, obovate or elliptic-oblong, obtuse or acute at apex, tapering at base, subterete, fleshy, glabrous, glaucous-green.
  • Inflorescence : Dense axillary globos clusters or forming spikes at the ends of leafless branches.
  • Flowers :
    • Minute, deep-green, bracteates, bracts very small, ovate, subacute, membranous.
    • Fruiting perianth 2.5 mm long, subglobose; lobes oblong, obtuse, incurved, thick.
    • Stamens 5, styles 3, short.
  • Fruit :
    • Utricles minute, ovoid, at first bright or deep green, at length black, smooth.
    • Seeds obovoid, slightly beaked and compressed, smooth, shining.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : June - November
  • Significance :
    • The tender shoots and succulent leaves are at times eaten by local people as vegetables.
    • The leaves are sour in taste.
    • It is also eaten by camels and crude soda is prepared from it.