Common name: Small-leaf Bluebush, Bluebush
Maireana microphylla (Moq.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Kochia microphylla (Moq.) F.Muell. APNI*
Description: Divaricately branched hemispherical shrub to 1 m high.
Leaves semiterete, to 10 mm long, glaucous to sparsely hairy.
Flowers solitary, bisexual. Fruiting perianth 3–7 mm diam., glabrous to slightly hairy, dark brown when dry; wing may or may not be developed, when present wing simple or lobed opposite the perianth lobes; margin finely crenate, with a radial slit.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread colonizing species, usually on poorer soils.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, NWS, CWS, NWP, SWP
Other Australian states: Qld
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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