Plants of
South Australia
Atriplex acutibractea ssp. acutibractea
Chenopodiaceae
Pointed Saltbush
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Botanical art

Kath Alcock paintings: 4.

Etymology

Atriplex from the Latin 'atriplexum' meaning an orach, a saltbush, an Ancient Latin name for this plant; acutibractea referring to the pointed bracteoles.

Distribution and status

Found across the semi-arid regions of mainland South Australia. Native, common in South Australia, also recorded in Western Australia and New South Wales. Rare in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)

Plant description

Shrub to 50 cm, monoecious, leaves sessile or with short petioles; lamina usually flat, 5-30 mm long. Flowers clustered. Fruits are fruits (bracteoles) oblong with steeply pointed (acuminate) apex, 4-8 mm long with a pedicel. Seeds are circular, convex, brown seed, radicle lateral, erect. Seed embryo type is peripheral

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and January. Collect ripe straw coloured fruits, check that they contain viable seeds. Remove twigs and other plant material.