Atriplex billardierei (Moq.) Hook.f.

Glistening Saltbush

Fl. Nov.-Zel. 1: 215 (1853) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: extinct (x); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Prostrate, rather fleshy short-lived perennial, monoecious. Leaves subsessile, broadly elliptic to rhombic, 5–13 mm long, new growth covered in glistening bladder-hairs, becoming sparser with age, sand grains often adhering to surfaces. Male flowers in axils of upper leaves, or terminal. Female flowers few in upper axils. Fruiting bracteoles subsessile, united into a pouch-shaped structure, fleshy and covered in bladder-hairs when young, papery at maturity, 3–5 mm long, sometimes 2–3-toothed at apex. Seed aligned at right-angles relative to bracteoles. Fruits Jan.–Feb.

Also Tas. New Zealand. Scattered along sandy seashores from the western to eastern extremities of Victoria (Portland, Port Fairy, Cape Otway, Phillip Is., Mallacoota) but apparently absent from adjoining States. Although widespread the species has rarely been collected in the past 50 years.

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 billardierei in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex billardierei in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater extinct native
Gippsland Plain extinct native
Warrnambool Plain extinct native
East Gippsland Lowlands extinct native
Otway Ranges extinct native