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Genus Einadia Family Chenopodiaceae

Description: Perennial shrubs or herbs with a perennial rootstock, rarely annuals; branches usually prostrate, decumbent or twining.

Leaves mostly alternate, entire, sagittate or hastate.

Inflorescences spike-like, often few-flowered. Flowers bisexual. Perianth segments 5, usually glabrous. Stamens 1–3. Ovary superior.

Fruit with an inflated or loose pericarp, either succulent or becoming dry; seed horizontal, embryo almost circular.


Photo © ANBG

Distribution and occurrence: World: 6 species, Australia & New Zealand. Australia: 4 species, all States.

Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept:

 Key to the species 
1Leaves linear, lanceolate or narrow-sagittate2
Leaves ovate or ovate-hastate3
2Fruit becoming red and succulentEinadia nutans
Fruit remaining hard and dry, not red and succulent
                       Back to 1
Einadia polygonoides
3Fruit usually succulent, redEinadia hastata
Fruit dry, neither succulent nor red
                       Back to 1
Einadia trigonos

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