Rhagodia candolleana (Seaberry Saltbush)
Chenopodium candolleanum (Syn. Rhagodia candolleana) Cape Woolamai, Victoria
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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
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SEABERRY SALTBUSH FACTS
Map is from The Atlas of Living Australia web site, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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.
coastal areas but occasionally found inland around salt and brackish lakes
Native to Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria.
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)
Birds feed on the berries.
|Common Name:||Seaberry Saltbush|
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