Australian Native Plants

  Salsola australis (Prickly Saltwort)


Salsola australis photo
Prickly Saltwort

Photograph by Harry Rose. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Salsola australis photo
Salsola australis

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Salsola australis photo
Salsola australis flower

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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.



PRICKLY SALTWORT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Salsola australis in Australia

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


Common Name
Prickly Saltwort

Description
This prickly perennial shrub grows up to 1 m tall.
The plant's leaves are alternate, narrow, linear, cylindrical with sharp pointed ends, and are usually less than 1 cm long.
Its flowers are white with a tinge of green, insignificant, solitary and grow in the leaf axil.
Prickly saltwort flowers from September to March.

Habitat
The plant grows on the edge of saltmarsh and in dunal areas.

Distribution
Widespread throughout all mainland states, also found in Tasmania



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Salsola
Species:australis
Common Name:Prickly Saltwort