- Latin Name
- Scaevola plumieri
- Grows on coastal dunes where it acts as a stabiliser.
- The Seeplakkie is a small, evergreen, woody shrub with clusters of tough, waxy, oval leaves. The flowers are small, white and fan-shaped. Fruits small and berry-like, purple when ripe. Size: Leaves 40 mm, shrub 1 m tall.
- Similar Species
- Salsola nollothensis (Port Nolloth northwards) is the most important creator of hummock dunes on the arid Namibian coast. Confronted with water shortage, salt spray, heat and shifting sands, it has a tough, woody stem with pink twigs, and tiny, tightly-packed, silvery leaves.
- Field Notes
- The Seeplakkie stabilises shifting sands with its extensive roots, building small hillocks.
The thick waxy layer on its leaves reduces water loss.