Atriplex vesicaria Heward ex Benth.

Bladder Saltbush

Fl. Austral. 5: 172 (1870) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Erect or decumbent perennial, to c. 1 m high, chiefly dioecious. Leaves narrowly elliptic to ovate or obovate, 10–30 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, margins entire, flat or incurved, rarely conduplicate, surfaces scaly grey-green. Male plants with flowers clustered into continuous or interrupted, simple or branched spikes. Female plants with flowers clustered in axils of upper leaves. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, free or fused to about midway, grey, ovate-triangular, rhombic, pentangular or almost circular, 3–12 mm long and wide, thin and appressed, usually with inflated, spongy dorsal appendages, but sometimes absent from one or both valves.

LoM, MuM, MSB, RobP.

8 subspecies described, 3 recorded for Victoria. The distinctions between them, at least in Victorian material, are not always clear-cut.

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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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Atriplex vesicaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex vesicaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present cultivated
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native