Australian Native Plants

  Atriplex semibaccata (Creeping Saltbush)


Atriplex semibaccata photo
Atriplex semibaccata (fruit).

Photograph by Forest & Kim Starr. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Atriplex semibaccata photo
Atriplex semibaccata

Photograph by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Common saltmarsh plants of Queensland, https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/common-saltmarsh-plants-of-queensland Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.



CREEPING SALTBUSH FACTS

distribution map showing range of Atriplex semibaccata in Australia

Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License


Common Name
Creeping Saltbush

Other Names
Berry Saltbush

Description
Creeping Saltbush is a perennial prostrate low creeping shrub, and grows up to 50 cm tall and 1.8 m wide.
Its leaves are opposite, flat and oblong (sometimes ovate), and around 10-20 mm long. They are smooth on top, scaly underneath and grey/green. New leaves are quite succulent.
Separate male and female flowers grow on the 1 plant. It flowers most of the year.
The fruits are cube/diamond-shaped berries, 2-5 mm long and wide.

Habitat
widespread in dry habitat, moderate tolerance to salinity

Distribution
Creeping Saltbush is found in eastern Queensland north to Cardwell, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, southern Northern Territory, south and west of Western Australia.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.1 - 0.3
Spread (m): 1 - 3
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 300
Flower Colour: insignificant
Flower Season: frequent

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Chenopodaceae
Genus:Atriplex
Species:semibaccata
Common Name:Creeping Saltbush


Relatives in same Genus
  Atriplex amnicola
  Atriplex cinerea
  Atriplex nummularia
  Atriplex paludosa
  Atriplex suberecta
  Atriplex vesicaria