Scientific Name: Selliera radicans
Description: Shiny Swamp-mat is a common but unnoticed plant of salt marsh. This prostrate, creeping plant forms quite dense mats, it’s fast-growing underground stems or rhizomes useful in stabilising the soft sediments of water-logged depression where it is found. The shiny, bright green leaves are succulent and spoon shaped. The pale white fan shaped flowers have a mauve tinge. Shiny Swamp-mat plays an important role in the life of aquatic insects.
Plant form: Grasses and allies
Where to find: Saltmarsh, water-logged areas
Foliage: succulent, bright green, spoon shaped.
Flower: 5 petals, fan shaped, pale white often tinged mauve
Flowering: October – April