Tecticornia halocnemoides subsp. halocnemoides

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Usually a compact, sometimes cushioning shrub to c. 30 cm high, rarely erect, to c. 1 m high. Articles of ultimate branchlets obovoid, mostly 2–5 mm long; lobes obtuse, margins entire. Spikes terminal (or growth continuing through and beyond spike in some inland forms), to c. 3 cm long; opposite bracts united; flowers free, exposed at apex; perianth rounded or truncate at apex. Fruiting perianth soft to firm, free from bracts; pericarp thin, fused to perianth; seed ovate to circular, 1–1.5 mm long, readily released from perianth at maturity, testa crustaceous, reddish-brown, tuberculate or minutely papillose lose in several rows on dorsal ridge, indistinctly granular on sides.  Flowers mainly May–Aug.

Gold, MuM, OtP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA. Locally common fringing salt lakes or pans in north-western Victoria (e.g. Raak Plain, Pink Lakes, Lake Tyrell etc.), and in saltmarsh on the western shore of Port Phillip Bay, uncommon in non-coastal areas further south (e.g. near Natimuk, Centre Lake near Douglas).

A polymorphic subspecies, varying in habit, length of articles and fruiting spikes, and in the size and ornamentation of the seed. Coastal plants are generally coarser and have larger seeds than those from inland sites.

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 (as Halosarcia halocnemoides subsp. halocnemoides).
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-14
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Tecticornia halocnemoides subsp. halocnemoides in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Tecticornia halocnemoides subsp. halocnemoides in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Otway Plain present native
Goldfields present native