Australian Native Plants

  Maireana brevifolia (Small-leaved Blue-bush)


Maireana brevifolia photo
Maireana brevifolia on a roadside near Mount Hope, Victoria,

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Maireana brevifolia photo
Maireana brevifolia

Photograph by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz. Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Maireana brevifolia photo
Maireana brevifolia flower

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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.



PLANT FACTS

distribution map showing range of Maireana brevifolia in Australia

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


Common Name
Small-leaved Blue-bush

Other Names
Short-leaf Bluebush, Cottonbush, Yanga Bush

Description
The Small-leaved Blue-bush is a shrub to about 1 m high, with slender often reddish branches which are sparsely woolly, with tufts of wool in the leaf axils. Leaves alternate, scattered, fleshy, obovoid to almost threadlike, 2 - 5 mm long, narrowing into a short stalk, mostly hairless. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils. Fruiting body hairless, tube shallowly hemispherical, about 2 mm diameter with 5 horizontally overlapping wings, 2 - 3 mm long, with delicate brown veins. Flowering mainly summer - autumn.

Habitat
On a wide range of soils, in many vegetation communities, often in saline situations.

Distribution
Small-leaved Blue-bush is found in inland parts of Australia including southern South Australia, south west of Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, southern Queensland, southern parts of Northern Territory. It is also naturalised in other parts of the world.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 0.5 - 1
Spread (m): 0.5 - 1.5
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 250
Flower Colour: insignificant
Flower Season:

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)



Classification
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Caryophyllales
Family:Amaranthaceae
Genus:Maireana
Species:brevifolia
Common Name:Small-leaved Blue-bush