Australian Native Plants

  Rhagodia candolleana (Seaberry Saltbush)


Rhagodia candolleana photo
Chenopodium candolleanum (Syn. Rhagodia candolleana) Cape Woolamai, Victoria

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



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.



SEABERRY SALTBUSH FACTS

distribution map showing range of Rhagodia candolleana in Australia

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


Common Name
Seaberry Saltbush

Description
The Seaberry Saltbush is a sprawling shrub to 4 m high with thin to somewhat fleshy oblong to broadly ovate or hastate (lobes near the base) leaves to 30 mm long and 20 mm wide, on short stalks. Upper leaf surface smooth and shining green, lower surface greyish and scaly.

Male and female flowers separate but similarly clustered in panicles to 15 cm long. Flower (perianth) segments (5 tepals) densely pubescent or mealy on the outer surface and to 1 mm long. Fruit a berry about 5 mm diameter, crimson at maturity, bitter to the taste and clasped by the reddish perianth. Seeds black, about 2mm diameter.

Habitat
coastal areas but occasionally found inland around salt and brackish lakes

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

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 1 - 1.5
Spread (m): 1 - 1.5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: moderately sensitive
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 350
Flower Colour: insignificant
Flower Season: winter, spring

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)

Wildlife Interest
Birds feed on the berries.

Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Rhagodia
Species:candolleana
Common Name:Seaberry Saltbush


Relatives in same Genus
  Rhagodia spinescens