Atriplex nummularia Lindl.

Old-man Saltbush

in T.Mitch., J. Exped. Trop. Australia 64 (1848) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect shrub to c. 3 m high, mostly dioecious. Leaves ovate, broadly elliptic or rhombic, 15–40 mm long and wide, margins entire, sinuate or coarsely toothed, often undulate, surfaces uniformly grey-green. Male flowers in globose clusters commonly crowded along simple or branched spikes. Female flowers clustered in leafless panicles, in upper axils or sometimes a few subtending male flowers. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, orbicular to rhombic, fused below widest part near base, mealy grey, thickened and corky for the greater part, but thin near apical margin, entire or finely toothed in the upper part, rounded at apex, mostly 6–10 mm long and wide, dorsal appendages absent.

MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP.

3 subspecies, the 2 in Victoria not always clearly distinguishable from one another. Subsp. spathulata Aellen from Western Australia and far south-west South Australia has thin, papery bracteoles with prominently reflexed margins.

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.
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Atriplex
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Atriplex nummularia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex nummularia in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native