Dissocarpus biflorus var. biflorus

Twin-flower Saltbush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Sprawling to erect subshrub to c. 60 cm high. Leaves linear, semi-terete, 5–12 mm long, appearing grey from a dense covering of simple, semi-appressed hairs. Flowers 2 or 3. Aggregate fruit woody, shortly pubescent, the lower part subglobular, 3–5 mm diam., hollow at base; cylindrical processes 1–3, woody, widely divergent, 2–3.5 mm long.  Fruits mostly Sep.–Nov.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP. Also NT, SA, NSW. Occasional in far north-western Victoria (e.g. Lake Wallawalla, Mildura, Underbool, Sea Lake areas), on saline, seasonally wet, cracking clay soils, usually in low shrubland formations.

Victorian records of D. biflorus var. cephalocarpus (F. Muell.) A.J. Scott were based on mis-determined specimens of the typical variety: var. cephalocarpus differs from var. biflorus in the 4–7-flowered axillary clusters and is known only from northern New South Wales and southern Queensland.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-06-03
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Dissocarpus biflorus var. biflorus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Dissocarpus biflorus var. biflorus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native