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A salty addition to the table Beaded samphire

Noongar name - Milya

Hear all about it!

Beaded Samphire is a perennial plant which grows in low clumps spread over the ground from 0.1-0.5 m high. Perennial means that these plants live for many growing seasons (each winter, the top portion of the plant dies back and then regrows from the same roots in the spring).

This plant is well-adapted to its habitat’s high levels of salt. Samphire concentrates the salt in red beads which then shrivel and die allowing the rest of the plant to stay healthy. These beads give this plant its name. 

Where you can find a Beaded Samphire

Conservation Status

All Rottnest Island’s flora is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987. Samphire plants are part of the Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh Ecological Community that has been listed as ‘Vulnerable’ under The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest's flora healthy

  • Do use water wisely on Rottnest
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided

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