Sclerolaena decurrens (J.M.Black) A.J.Scott

Feddes Repert. 89: 112 (1978) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v)

Compact, densely branched shrub to c. 30 cm high, branches sparsely woolly. Leaves subulate, semi-terete, flattened or narrowly winged near base, 5–10 mm long, somewhat shining, lightly covered when young with appressed hairs (hairs medifixed with the lower part considerably shorter than the upper). Fruiting perianth hard, shining, readily detaching from stem; tube somewhat angular, turbinate, 1.5–2.5 mm long, 6–10-ribbed, slightly obliquely attached, attachment circular to ovate, curved, slightly concave; limb conspicuous, erect, to c. 2 mm long, pubescent; spines 2 or 3, glabrous, the 2 larger erect or slightly divergent, 5–8 mm long, the third (if present) to c. 3 mm long, arising from the base of one of the larger spines Fruits Oct-Jan. (2 records).

MSB. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Known in Victoria from a few recent collections on low rises within floodplain country near the Murray River downstream from about Merbein. A specimen at MEL labelled 'Wimmera, 1892' is of dubious origin.

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, 2018-10-05
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sclerolaena decurrens in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sclerolaena decurrens in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Scroll Belt present native