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Atriplex acutibractea R.H.Anderson
Family Chenopodiaceae
Atriplex acutibractea R.H.Anderson APNI*

Description: Erect (procumbent specimens in Vic) short lived perennial shrub, intricately branched with stiff tangled branches, grey and mealy, rounded to 50 cm. Monoecious.

alternate, elliptic, ovate, obovate to orbicular, 5–30 cm long, apex acute, margins entire or with broad shallow teeth (shallowly sinuate dentate), flat or folded (dry conditions?), sessile or shortly petiolate, scaly tomentose on both surfaces or glabrescent above.

Axillary, almost sessile, solitary or in small clusters or short interrupted spikes, male glomerules inconspicuous, clusters bisexual or mixed sexes.

Bracteoles acute, rhombic to oblong, fused to about half way, tridentate at apex, occasionally the apex with lateral teeth, 6–8 mm long; 2–4 conical, dorsal appendages on one or both bracteoles at summit of stipe-like base, sometimes absent.Seeds: Circular, radical lateral, erect.


Flowering: Most months especially July to October

Distribution and occurrence: Various habitats most frequently in mallee on red earth soils (in Vic on lime rich sandy soils). SW of NSW between Balranald & Broken Hill. Not common, in widely scattered groups or as occasional plants.
NSW subdivisions: SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. S.A. W.A.
AVH map***

Text by B.M. Wiecek
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990), Fl. Aust. Vol 4 (1984), Flora of Victoria, Vol 3 (1996), Plants of Western NSW (1992), Flora South Australia Vol 1 (1986)

N.S.W. occurrences are: subsp. acutibractea

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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