Australian Native Plants

  Atriplex paludosa (Marsh Saltbush)

Atriplex paludosa photo
Atriplex paludosa, Altona Coastal Park, Victoria,

Photograph by Melburnian. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Description and Habitat information is sourced from: State of Victoria (Agriculture Victoria), Victorian Resources Online, 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.


distribution map showing range of Atriplex paludosa in Australia

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

Common Name
Marsh Saltbush

Marsh Saltbush is a slender, erect perennial from 30-150 cm high. Silver-grey leaves with minute scales when mature (greener when young), ovate-triangular to oblong or lance-shaped, mostly 1-2 cm long with blunt tips and entire (not toothed) margins, concave on the upper surface.

Plants normally dioecious with male flowers in globular clusters on slender spikes at the ends of branches and the females in the junctions of leaf and stem. Fruiting body 8-10 mm long and broad, almost stalkless and flat, ovate-triangular with a pointed apex, generally with a rounded base and a small tooth on each margin.

Grows on the edges of coastal marshes.

Native to Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.5 - 1
Spread (m): 0.5 - 1
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)

Common Name:Marsh Saltbush

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