Maireana pyramidata (Benth.) Paul G.Wilson

Sago Bush

Nuytsia 2: 41 (1975) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Dense, stiffly branched shrub to c. 1 m high; branchlets finely woolly. Leaves alternate, widely spreading, often clustered on short lateral shoots, linear to narrowly oblanceolate, subterete, 2–6 mm long, shortly pubescent with a mixture of dendritic and longer, semi-appressed simple hairs. Flowers bisexual or female, shortly woolly all over. Fruiting perianth 10–15 mm diam., perianth lobes enlarged and raised to a broadly conical apex, minutely pubescent; tube hardly developed, truncate at apex; wing horizontal, thin-textured, inflated and weakly spongy toward centre. Fruits mostly Aug.–Nov.

MuF, MuM, MSB, RobP. WA, SA, NSW. Occurs in calcareous and/or subsaline soils, usually prone to inundation. Scattered but locally common in far north-western Victoria (e.g. Mildura, Red Cliffs, Lake Culluleraine) but extending southwards along the Murray River to the Kerang-Swan Hill district.

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