An erect silver-grey shrub to 3 m wide that forms hedges on sandy and rocky seashores, sometimes inland. It copes with severe drought and grows on alkaline as well as saline soils. It is used to desalinate and reclaim soil.
The flowers are very small, pale yellow-green, flushed with red at the end of the branches.
Elliptic oval leaf, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Oval, long, wider in the middle and pointed, silver-grey and leathery.
The seeds are black, enclosed by hard remnants of the flower, surrounded by a rounded flat green covering.
Leaves: lightly cooked have a pleasant, salty taste, used like spinach.
Leaves: nutritious, high in protein, vitamin A, C, D and minerals, including chromium.