Einadia nutans subsp. nutans

Nodding Saltbush

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, sprawling to semi-scandent, branches to c. 80 cm long. Leaves acute, ovate or triangular, usually hastate at base, c. 5–25 mm long, 2–20 mm wide. Panicle usually to c. 10 cm long. Fruit depressed-globular; pericarp yellow or red at maturity; fruiting sepals spreading or remaining appressed to berry.  Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, DunT, EGU, GipP, Gold, GGr, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, RobP, VRiv, VVP, WaP, Wim. Occurs almost throughout Victoria in dryish, often rocky sites, often persisting in disturbed sites from which other native vegetation has been eliminated.

The distinction betwen subsp. nutans and subsp. linifolia is not always clear, but the latter is currently known only from north-central Victoria near the New South Wales border where sometimes sympatric with subsp. nutans. While not referred to in original descriptions the different fruit shapes appear to be diagnostic for the 2 Victorian subspecies. Some specimens here referred to subsp. nutans may have leaves with reduced basal lobes, particularly near the inflorescences. Such specimens were probably the source of a wider distribution sometimes attributed to subsp. linifolia in the past.

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: Neville Walsh, 2015-11-11
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Einadia nutans subsp. nutans in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Einadia nutans subsp. nutans 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
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Monaro Tablelands present native