Rhagodia parabolica R.Br.

Fragrant Saltbush

Prodr. 408 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: rare (r)

Rounded shrub to c. 2 m high. Leaves opposite or subopposite, distinctly petiolate, broadly elliptic, ovate, rhombic or obtusely hastate, 1.5–4 cm long, 7–25 mm wide, mealy grey-green, covered with glistening vesicular hairs. Inflorescence a pyramidal panicle, to c. 15 cm long and wide; perianth mealy on outer surface, tepals c. 1 mm long, enlarging (to c. 1.5 mm long) and usually reddening in fruit. Berry 2–3 mm diam., subtended by enlarged fruiting perianth; seed 1.5–1.8 mm diam., the surface faintly ribbed radially. Flowers mostly Sep.–Jan.

CVU, GipP, MuM, VVP. Also NT, SA, Qld, NSW. In Victoria occurs on a few steep rocky slopes and broad ridges between Sunbury and Geelong (e.g. Jacksons Creek, Long Forest, Werribee Gorge, Steiglitz, Buckleys Falls on the Barwon River), but locally rather common, and in mallee at a few scattered locations in the northwest. The common name refers to the fragrant flowers, not the foliage which is usually malodorous.

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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life Life
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 parabolica in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rhagodia parabolica in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native