Prodr. 408 (1810) APNI
Divaricately branched shrub to c. 1 m high, branches usually spine-tipped. Leaves opposite or subopposite, usually distinctly petiolate, ovate to obovate or deltoid, sometimes hastate, 5–20 mm long, 2–15 mm wide, mealy grey-green or whitish from a (usually dense) covering of vesicular hairs. Inflorescence a slender, rather sparse panicle or spike-like; perianth densely mealy on outer surface, tepals c. 1.5 mm long, becoming enlarged (to c. 2.5 mm long) with a thickened midrib, and spreading in fruit. Berry 3–4 mm diam., subtended by enlarged fruiting perianth; seed 1.5–2 mm diam., the surface prominently elongate-reticulate. Flowers mostly Jan.–Apr.
LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, VRiv, Wim. All mainland states. Widespread through north-western Victoria, usually on rather heavy, saline or subsaline soils at lake margins, in dune swales or on flats. Sometimes forming dense, hedge-like stands.
A variable species. Plants with triangular or hastate, densely white-mealy leaves (= R. deltophylla) and plants with small, ovate to obovate, glistening grey-green leaves both occur through the range of the species in Victoria. These variants appear distinct at their extremes but are linked by specimens of intermediate character.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||cultivated|
|Murray Scroll Belt||present||native|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||native|