Atriplex pseudocampanulata Aellen

Fan Saltbush

Bot.Jahrb. Syst. 68: 365 (1937) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native (naturalised in part(s) of state)

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Annual herb or short-lived perennial subshrub to c. 30 cm high, monoecious. Leaves sessile, rhombic, elliptic or ovate, widest at or below midway, 6–20 mm long, 3–20 mm wide, usually shallowly toothed, mealy-grey on both surfaces with minute vesicular hairs. Male flowers in small clusters at or near branch-tips, female flowers clustered in lower axils. Fruiting bracteoles free in upper half, broadly rhombic, deltoid or semicircular, usually shallowly toothed, sometimes with small spongy tubercles on one face, fused and shortly pedicellate in lower half, covered with vesicular hairs, to 4 mm long overall, usually slightly wider than long. Fruits Sep.–May.

LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, VRiv, Wim, *GipP. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. Occurs mainly on heavier soils fringing lakes or rivers on the Murray River floodplain downstream of about Cohuna, also recorded from railyards at Bairnsdale and Toora in Gippsland where certainly inadvertently transported with stock or stock-feed. Common in degraded, salted country.

The bracteoles of this species are variable in shape and the presence/absence of dorsal outgrowths. The distinction between this and Atriplex angulata and A. eardleyae is not always clear.

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, 2018-10-05
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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 pseudocampanulata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex pseudocampanulata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present naturalised