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Atriplex from the Latin 'atriplexum' meaning an orache, a saltbush; an Ancient Latin name for this plant. Suberecta from the Greek 'sub' a prefix meaning partially and Latin 'erectus' meaning erect or upright, referring to its semi-erect habit.
Distribution and status
Found scattered across much of South Australia except in the north-west, growing along the coast and around lakes and dams. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Tasmania. Common in the other states.
Herbarium regions: North Western, Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern, Green Adelaide
NRM regions: Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin, South East
AVH map: SA distribution map (external link)
Decumbent to sprawling monoecious herb to 60 cm high. Leaves thin, narrowly to broadly rhomboid to 30 mm long, coarsely serrate, upper surface glabrescent, lower surface somewhat scurfy. Male flowers in clusters, female flowers in axillary clusters. Flowering throughout the year. Fruits are brown rhomboid fruit to 5 mm long, flat, joined in the lower half, thin or somewhat thickened with age, scurfy-pubescent, margin entire in the lower half, 2-4-toothed in the upper half. Seed embryo type is peripheral.
Seed collection and propagation
Collect seeds between January and December. Collect fruits that are starting to dry or and turn brown. Fruits can be collected directly from the bush or from the ground underneath. Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. No cleaning is required if only the fruits are collected. The seed can be stored in the fruit or can be cleaned further. Rub the fruit gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.
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9,200 (10.24 g)