Rhagodia ulicina (Gand.) Paul G.Wilson

Spiny Goosefoot

Nuytsia 4: 53 (1982) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Densely divaricately branched shrub to c. 1 m high, each branch terminated by a slender spine. Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate, fleshy, elliptic to obovate, 3–5 mm long, 1–3 mm wide, dull green to greyish from a sparse to very dense covering of vesicular hairs. Inflorescence few-flowered, with flowers clustered or solitary along terminal branches; perianth globose, 1–1.5 mm diam., densely mealy on outer surface. Berry to c. 2 mm diam., initially enclosed by enlarged fruiting perianth; fleshy pericarp not always developed; seed c. 1.5 mm diam., smooth or slightly granular. Flowers mostly Aug.–Nov.

MuM. Also WA, SA, NSW. Localized in the northern part of the Sunset Country (north and north-west of Hattah), but locally common. Occurring on red loamy soils, usually containing limestone, in dune swales and on flat ground.

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, 2019-03-04
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Rhagodia
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rhagodia ulicina in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rhagodia ulicina in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native