Maireana brevifolia (R.Br.) Paul G.Wilson

Short-leaf Bluebush

Nuytsia 2: 22 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or rounded shrub to c. 1.3 m high; branches striate, sparsely woolly. Leaves alternate, obovoid to linear, 2–5 mm long, fleshy, glabrous. Flowers bisexual, ciliate on perianth lobes, otherwise glabrous. Fruiting perianth 6–9 mm diam., flat at apex; tube c. 2 mm diam., thin-walled, hemispherical and weakly 10-ribbed below wings; wings 5, spreading, fan-shaped, papery, dark-veined; perianth lobes domed, spongy, prominent at base of wings; radicular slit not apparent. Fruits mainly Feb.–May.

CVU, Gold, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Not uncommon in heavy, seasonally wet and sometimes saline soils of the north-west, with outlying occurrences in the Bendigo Whipstick and Bacchus Marsh-Geelong areas to the south. Often colonizing disturbed sites within its range.

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, 2019-11-15
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Maireana
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Maireana brevifolia in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Maireana brevifolia 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
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native