Maireana triptera (Benth.) Paul G.Wilson

Three-wing Bluebush

Nuytsia 2: 38 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Glaucous shrub to c. 50 cm high; branchlets glabrous except for axillary hair tufts. Leaves alternate, commonly lacking from older growth, subterete, 7–20 mm long, fleshy, glabrous. Flowers usually bisexual, perianth lobes ciliate, otherwise glabrous. Fruiting perianth 8–10 mm diam., wholly glabrous or margins of perianth lobes minutely ciliate, often crowded along branchlets, flat at apex, dark brown or blackish; tube hemispherical, c. 3 mm diam. at apex, with 3(–5) rounded, papery, vertical wings to c. 3 mm wide attached from base to apex and united with the flat, circular horizontal wing at the apex; radicular slit modified to a groove on upper wing, not extending down tube. Fruits mostly Oct.–Dec.

LoM, MuM, RobP. All mainland states. Rather rare in far north-west Victoria (Mildura, Nowingi, Kulwin, Annuello), usually growing on red sandy loams of flats or dune swales.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Maireana
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Maireana triptera in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Maireana triptera in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Robinvale Plains present native