Atriplex rhagodioides F.Muell.

Silver Saltbush

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

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Rounded shrub to c. 2.5 m high, mostly dioecious. Leaves cordate to deltoid, 15–40 mm long, 10–30 mm wide, margins entire or shallowly toothed, surfaces uniformly grey-green or bluish. Male flowers in usually distant, globose clusters in terminal spikes or panicles. Female flowers clustered in leafless panicles, in upper axils or sometimes a few subtending male flowers. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, broadly rhombic or ellipsoid, free above the widest part, united below, pale greyish or straw-coloured, thickened and corky all over at maturity, entire, 2–5 mm long and wide, often slightly wider than long, dorsal appendages absent. Fruits Mar., Oct. (2 records).

MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP. Also SA, NSW. In Victoria apparently confined to the Murray River floodplain in the far north-west and recorded only from Natya area (between Swan Hill and Robinvale), Red Cliffs and Cowra.

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