Plants of
South Australia
Atriplex acutibractea ssp. karoniensis
Pointed Saltbush
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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 between Eyre Peninsula and the Riverland in South Australia, also in southern Western Australia and along the Murray River into Victoria and New South Wales. Native.
Herbarium regions: Nullarbor, Flinders Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, 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 5-10 mm long, mostly folded. Fruits are fruits (bracteoles) ?swollen, oblong, triangular or three toothed apex, appendages a small pair of tubercules or absent. Seeds are circular, convex, brown seed. Seed embryo type is peripheral

Seed collection and propagation

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