Sclerolaena muricata (Moq.) Domin

Black Roly-poly

Biblioth. Bot. 89: 69 (1921) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Divaricately branched, usually rather dense shrub to c. 1.5 m high, branches weakly ridged, glabrous, with sparse semi-appressed pubescence or shortly woolly, sometimes becoming gently zigzagged as fruits mature. Leaves linear to elliptic, 5–15 mm long, glabrous or with few to many appressed or semi-appressed hairs. Fruiting perianth hard, glabrous to shortly woolly; tube c. 2 mm long, slightly expanded at base, obliquely attached, attachment flat or slightly convex; limb not or barely developed; spines 4 or 5, widely spreading to recurved, the 3 abaxial spines c. 5–15 mm long, the 2 (or sometimes 1) adaxial 1–4 mm long.

Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim.

3 varieties, all in Victoria (plants of intermediate form are sometimes encountered).

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Sclerolaena muricata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Sclerolaena muricata 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
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native