Maireana microphylla (Moq.) Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 2: 47 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: endangered (e)

Erect, divaricately branched, often weakly spinescent shrub to c. 1 m high and wide; stems sparsely pubescent when young. Leaves often sparse, alternate, subterete, 2–4 mm long, glabrous or with a few short appressed hairs. Flowers bisexual, solitary in axils but crowded into leafy spikes at tips of branchlets, glabrous or margins of lobes ciliate. Fruiting perianth discoid, 1.5–3 mm diam., flat or slightly convex at apex, thin-walled, slightly open at apex exposing utricle; wing not developed in Victorian specimens (wings sometimes developed in plants from other States, then fruiting perianth to 7 mm diam.), but sometimes a very narrow marginal flange present around upper margin; radicular slit extending about halfway toward base of tube. Fruits Jul., Oct.

MuF, NIS, VRiv. Also Qld, NSW. In Victoria known only from 3 localities (near Strathmerton, Cobram and Katamatite), where confined to small stands of remnant vegetation on heavy loamy soils.

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