Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs, monoecious or dioecious, often appearing silvery from a covering of collapsed bladder-like hairs, less commonly the hairs remaining inflated imparting a mealy appearance. Leaves mostly alternate. Flowers in axillary clusters or commonly clusters aggregated into spicate or racemose inflorescences. Male flowers lacking bracts or bracteoles; perianth 5-lobed; stamens 5. Female flowers generally lacking a perianth, but subtended by a pair of free or fused bracteoles which enlarge and cover the fruit at maturity; stigmas 2. Seed erect (sometimes horizontal in A. hortensis).

Over 250 species world-wide, often in saline habitats; c. 67 species in Australia, 7 naturalised, 1 also indigenous in New Zealand, the remainder endemic.

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, 2018-10-05
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