Fragm. 1: 83 (1859)
Intricately branched shrub to 2.5 m high, more or less glabrous; main branches rigid, lateral branches leafy, often ending in a stout spine. Leaves usually clustered, narrow-obovate to elliptic, mostly 3–25 mm long, 1.5–5 mm wide, apex obtuse or rounded, base attenuate into a short petiole, margins entire, thick and fleshy, grey-green. Flowers solitary in axils; pedicels mostly 2–5 mm long; calyx tubular to campanulate, 1.5–5 mm long, lobes triangular, 1–2 mm long; fruiting calyx not deeply split; corolla 8–12 mm long, creamy-white to pale lilac, often with darker markings, lobes suborbicular; stamens 4 or 5, included or scarcely exserted, anthers 1–1.5 mm long; pistil 5–8 mm long. Berry ovoid to ellipsoid, 4–8 mm long, orange-red; seeds 5–20, 1.5–2 mm long, dull yellow. Flowers mainly spring and early summer.
LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. In Victoria, confined to the north-west where occurring in saline soils around the edges of salt lakes and claypans.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|New South Wales|