Saltmat (Roycea pycnophylloides) Interim Recovery Plan 2010-2015
Department of Environment and Conservation, Western Australia
Roycea pycnophylloides is a mat-like subshrub with numerous hairy, more or less parallel branchlets. Leaves are sessile, about 2 mm long, bluish-grey, fleshy, more or less concave, membranous with minute hairs, spirally arranged and overlapping. The inconspicuous green flowers are held in the upper leaf axils or at the ends of the stems. The species is predominantly dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants), although male and female flowers have occasionally been observed to occur on a single plant. Male flowers have four or five orange-red stamens opposite the perianth segments. Female flowers have long, maroon styles that are divided into two or three parts. Flowering occurs from October to April. The fruit is fleshy, 1-2 mm long hidden in the leaf axils and contains a single fleshy seed less than 1 mm in length (Brown et al. 1998).
Roycea pycnophylloides differs from R. spinescens in its lack of spines and the overlapping leaves on its stems (Brown et al. 1998).