Atriplex pumilio R.Br.

Mat Saltbush

Prodr. 406 (1810) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate, often mat-forming perennial, monoecious. Leaves subsessile, broadly rhombic-ovate, to 7 mm long, silvery and somewhat shining. Male flowers in small dense clusters in upper leaf axils or terminal, female flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters in lower axils. Fruiting bracteoles ovate or elliptic, 1–1.5 mm long, closely enclosing seed, often minutely crystalline, united except at apex which is sometimes obscurely tridentate. Fruits mainly Oct.–Apr.

LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP, Wim. Also WA, SA, Qld, NSW. Occurs in the far northwest (Wyperfeld and Hattah National Parks, Mildura, Lake Powell), usually on silty soils near lake margins.

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, 2019-12-18
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Atriplex
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Atriplex pumilio in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Atriplex pumilio in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
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