Atriplex holocarpa F.Muell.

Pop Saltbush

Rep. Pl. Babbage’s Exped. 19 (1859) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

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

Erect or rounded annual or short-lived perennial to c. 30 cm high, monoecious. Leaves petiolate, alternate, rhombic or broadly hastate, mostly 10–20 mm long and wide, mealy on both surfaces with vesicular hairs, margin dentate or sinuate. Flowers in axillary clusters of one or both sexes. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, wholly united into a globose or broadly obovoid, firmly spongy structure 8–12 mm long, woody in the centre. Fruits Sep.–Oct.

MuM, MSB, RobP. Inland areas of all mainland states. In Victoria apparently confined to the far north-west (Hattah-Benetook area) where localized and uncommon on sandy soils prone to seasonal flooding.

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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life Life
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 holocarpa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex holocarpa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native