Maireana cheelii (R.H.Anderson) Paul G.Wilson

Chariot Wheels

Nuytsia 2: 20 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:EPBC: vulnerable (VU); Victoria: vulnerable (v); listed in Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988

Tufted perennial with erect slender, woolly branches to c. 20 cm long arising from a swollen taproot. Leaves alternate, linear, 5–9 mm long, somewhat fleshy, plano-convex in section, mostly shortly spurred at base. Flowers bisexual. Fruiting perianth 5–6 mm diam., cottony above, flat or depressed at apex; tube c. 2 mm diam., woody and prominently 10-ribbed below wings with a knob-like base; wings 5, spreading, fan-shaped, cartilaginous; radicular slit with a thickened margin, extending to base of tube. Fruits mostly Sep.–Nov

VRiv, Wim. Also Qld, NSW. Very rare in Victoria where known only from the Kamarooka area (but not collected there since 1947), Lake Buloke near Donald, and near Kerang. Occurs on seasonally wet, heavy red loam or clay 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.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-11-15
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Maireana cheelii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Maireana cheelii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Wimmera present native
Victorian Riverina present native