Common name: Low Bluebush
Maireana astrotricha (L.A.S.Johnson) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Kochia astrotricha L.A.S.Johnson APNI*
Description: Hemispherical perennial to 1.5 m high, branches hairy; plants with bisexual and either male or female flowers.
Leaves with a short petiole-like base, to c. 10 mm long, succulent.
Flowers solitary, unisexual and bisexual. Fruiting perianth with a turbinate tube c. 3 mm high; horizontal wing 15–20 mm diam., pale to dark brown when dry, with a radial slit.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows on calcareous rises.
NSW subdivisions: NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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