Atriplex cinerea Poir.

Coast Saltbush

in Lam., Encycl. suppl. 1 471 (1811) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

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

Erect or spreading shrub, to c. 1.8 m high, dioecious or monoecious. Leaves ovate to narrowly elliptic, narrowly elliptic to oblong, 15–80 mm long, 8–25 mm wide, margins entire, rarely coarsely toothed, surfaces uniformly silvery or grey-green. Male flowers in dense globose clusters commonly continuous along simple or branched spikes. Female flowers clustered in upper axils. Fruiting bracteoles sessile or minutely pedicellate, fused near base where usually firm and thickened, greyish-mealy, ovoid to rhombic, broadly tapered at base, entire or obscurely 1–2-toothed above midway, mostly 6–10 mm long and wide, dorsal appendages absent. Fruits Oct.-Jan.

Brid, GipP, OtP, VVP, WaP, WPro. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Common on coastal sands, particularly along shores of sheltered bays and inlets (e.g. Port Phillip, Western Port, Corner Inlet).

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 Atriplex
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Atriplex cinerea in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex cinerea in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Wilsons Promontory present native