Australian Native Plants

  Dysphania littoralis (Red crumbweed)


Dysphania littoralis photo
Dysphania littoralis (Red crumbweed)

Photograph by Mark Marathon. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



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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.



RED CRUMBWEED FACTS

distribution map showing range of Dysphania littoralis in Australia

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


Common Name
Red crumbweed

Description
Red crumbweed is a small, prostrate annual. It is many stemmed, and grows in a mat up to 30 cm wide and to a height of 5-10 cm. The plant's leaves are alternate and elliptic, and are 5-10 mm long. White, inconspicuous flowers grow on stems between the leaves. It flowers throughout the year in southern areas and may be poisonous to some grazing animals.

Habitat
coastal saltmarsh, also inland saline areas

Distribution
Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Dysphania
Species:littoralis
Common Name:Red crumbweed