Plants of
South Australia
Atriplex angulata
Angular Saltbush
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Atriplex from the Latin 'atriplexum' meaning an orach, a saltbush, an Ancient Latin name for this plant; angulata meaning angled.

Distribution and status

Found in the northern and central regions of South Australia spreading to the eastern border and into New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Native, common in South Australia, Endangered in Victoria.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray
NRM regions: 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

Annual or short lived perennial shrubs to 30 cm. Leaves narrowed at the base to a petiole about half the length of the leaf. Male flowers in short terminal spikes; female flowers in axils; flowering July to October. Fruits are fruits (bracteoles) fan shaped or kidney shaped; ~10 mm long and wide. Seeds are brown circular convex seed. Seed embryo type is peripheral

Seed collection and propagation

Collect seeds between October and January. Collect ripe fruits that are pale straw coloured and are easily removed from the bush or found underneath. Check that they contain viable seed. Remove twigs and other plant material.

Seeds stored:
LocationNo. of seeds
(weight grams)
of plants
Collection number
Collection location
% ViabilityStorage
BGA20,400 (18.5 g)509-May-2007RJB71723
Lake Eyre
12,500 (55.37 g)
12,500 (55.37 g)
Lake Eyre
BGA3,100 (2.7 g)257-May-2007RJB71772
Lake Eyre
Location: BGA — the seeds are stored at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, MSB — the seeds are stored at the Millennium Seed Bank, Kew, England.
Number of plants: This is the number of plants from which the seeds were collected.
Collection location: The Herbarium of South Australia's region name.
% Viability: Percentage of filled healthy seeds determined by a cut test or x-ray.
Germination table: