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Common name: Creeping Saltbush, Berry Saltbush
Atriplex semibaccata R.Br. APNI*
Description: Prostrate perennial, monoecious.
Leaves narrow-elliptic to elliptic, to c. 30 mm long, the vesicular hairs usually denser on the lower surface, margins entire or sinuate; petiolate.
Flowers axillary, solitary or in small clusters. Fruiting bracteoles rhombic, 4–6 mm long, apex entire to 3-lobed, dry or succulent and red (the latter more common in non-N.S.W. populations); appendages mostly absent but rarely 1 or 2 present on one bracteole.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread colonizing species, common on roadside.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST, NWS, CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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