Rhagodia candolleana subsp. candolleana

Seaberry Saltbush

sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:83 (1973) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Sprawling shrub, to c. 4 m high. Leaves opposite or alternate, shortly petiolate, thin-textured to somewhat fleshy, almost oblong to broadly ovate or hastate, 10–30 mm long, 3–20 mm wide, usually markedly discolorous, upper surface glabrous, shining green, lower surface greyish and scaly, rarely both surfaces scaly or glabrescent. Inflorescence a sparse to rather dense pyramidal panicle, to c. 15 cm long, both sexes similar; tepals mealy on outer surface, c. 1 mm long, enlarging slightly in fruit. Berry c. 5 mm diam., crimson at maturity, bitter, clasped by reddish fruiting perianth; seed black, granular, c. 2 mm diam.  Flowers Sep.–Dec.

Brid, CVU, EGL, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, LoM, OtP, OtR, VVP, WaP, WPro. WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Occurs along the extent of the Victorian coastline and on the margins of some salt or brackish lakes on the Volcanic Plain (e.g. Lake Ondit near Colac), with a few, pre-1900 records much further inland (Mt Arapiles, Stawell, Wyperfeld National Park, Beechworth). The inland specimens have narrower leaves than typical coastal plants, approaching those of Rhagodia crassifolia.

Rhagodia candolleana subsp. argentea occurs in north-western South Australia and is distinguished in having constantly hastate leaves with a silvery sheen on the lower surface.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Rhagodia candolleana subsp. candolleana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Rhagodia candolleana subsp. candolleana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native