Australian Native Plants

  Atriplex suberecta (Lagoon Saltbush)


Atriplex suberecta photo
Atriplex suberecta leaves

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Atriplex suberecta photo
Atriplex suberecta leaves and seeds

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Atriplex suberecta photo
Atriplex suberecta habit

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Credits:
Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online,http://vro.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dpi/vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sip_scientific_a 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.



LAGOON SALTBUSH FACTS

distribution map showing range of Atriplex suberecta in Australia

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


Common Name
Lagoon Saltbush

Other Names
Sprawling Saltbush

Description
Lagoon Saltbush is a low annual shrub, with rigid ascending stems to about 40 cm high.

Leaves oblong or obovate and rounded at the apex and 2 - 7cm long, green above and mealy white below, the margins coarsely toothed.

Plant monoecious, the females numerous, clustered in the lower leaf axils.

Fruiting bodies are numerous, in dense auxiliary clusters, 2 - 4 mm long, with a broad triangular lobe at the apex and two or more irregular teeth on each side, the swollen base the first part to harden as the fruit ripens.

Habitat
Found in a wide range of situations on most soil types, including saline areas, usually in disturbed areas, along roadsides or in weak pastures.

Distribution
Native to Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.1 - 0.6
Spread (m): 1 - 2
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:suberecta
Common Name:Lagoon Saltbush


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