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Atriplex crassipes J.M.Black
Family Chenopodiaceae
Atriplex crassipes J.M.Black APNI*

Description: Low spreading decumbent to erect and rounded annual shrub to 30 cm high. Scaly to silvery whitish in appearance. Monoecious.

Leaves ovate to elliptic, thin, crowded, 7–15 mm long, margins entire, sessile to subsessile, cuneate or truncate at the base.

Flowers in axillary clusters or glomerules. Fl. Most of the year.

Fruiting bracteoles with a thick stipe-like base 1–1.5 mm long, upper portion three-lobed with the central lobe prominent (duck’s foot like) 2–3.5 mm long. Tube deltoid, flattened, united in the lower half. Upper portion prominently nerved & reticulate, smooth or without appendages or with tubercules on one bracteole towards the base. Seed circular, radical lateral.


Distribution and occurrence: An uncommon species recorded occasionally in an area roughly from a line between Bourke and Broken Hill. Closely related to A. campanulata with which it intergrades.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP
Other Australian states: Qld N.T. S.A.
AVH map***

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

 Key to the varieties 
1Bracteoles without appendages; generally in heavy soil.var. crassipes
Bracteoles with a pair of appendages (small teeth or antler-like at base of tube on outer bracteole) on one face; in loam or clay soil.var. appendiculata

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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