Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:168 (1870).
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: Bitter saltbush, mallee (or kidney) saltbush.
Erect shrub to 1 m high, predominantly dioecious; leaves narrow-elliptic to orbicular, entire, obtuse or rounded at the apex, sometimes conduplicate and recurved when dry with a scaly sheen on both surfaces; lamina 7-25 mm long; petiole 2-3 mm long.
Male flowers in small disjunct glomerules forming spikes or panicles; female flowers in well-spaced clusters forming slender spikes.
Fruiting bracteoles on a slender pedicel to 10 mm long; valves reniform, cordate, to 5 mm long and 10 mm wide, thin, appressed, joined at the base to form a compressed turbinate tube, appendages absent; seed with a lateral erect radicle.
||Atriplex stipitata. Fruits.
Image source: fig. 151n in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 245, fig. 44/28.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: all months.
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