Atriplex leptocarpa F.Muell.

Trans. & Proc. Philos. Inst. Victoria 2: 74 (1858)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate short-lived perennial, spreading to c. 1.5 m diam., monoecious. Leaves subsessile, oblong, narrowly elliptic or oblanceolate, 10–30 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, entire, occasionally coarsely toothed near apex, mealy grey-green on both surfaces. Male flowers in small axillary clusters or in short interrupted spikes, female flowers clustered in lower axils. Fruiting bracteoles fused to the apex, cylindric except for the flattened, sometimes slightly dilated and obscurely 3-toothed apex, 4–6 mm long, 1–2.5 mm wide overall, occasionally with small pointed tubercles near base. Fruits most of year.

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA (naturalised), SA, Qld, NSW. Locally common on heavier, often saline soils in depressions, lake beds and river flats in the north-west (north and west from about Wycheproof) with disjunct occurrences in the northern Whipstick forests, Bendigo area and near Sydenham (a western suburb of Melbourne).

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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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 leptocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex leptocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native