Common name: Slender-fruit Saltbush
Atriplex leptocarpa F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Spreading short-lived perennial to 30 cm high, monoecious.
Leaves narrow-elliptic to lanceolate, to 30 mm long, margins entire to sinuate; petiolate.
Flowers in axillary clusters. Fruiting bracteoles ± cylindrical but differentiated into a lower hardened swollen or not swollen stipe-like base and a softer, flattened narrow upper portion with 3 small teeth, 3.5–6 mm long; appendages absent.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread in the drier areas of the mainland. The central coast collections are garden escapes.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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