Common name: Pink-seeded Bluebush, Downy Bluebush
Maireana trichoptera (J.M.Black) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Kochia excavata var. trichoptera J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Erect perennial to 50 cm high, dioecious; branches hairy.
Leaves to 10 mm long, with appressed hairs, succulent.
Flowers unisexual, solitary, often crowded towards the ends of the branches into leafy spike-like pseudo-inflorescences. Fruiting perianth pubescent, often red; tube c. 4 mm high, spongy, the lower half expanded into an excentric hollow stipe; horizontal wing c. 10 mm diam., with a radial slit.
Distribution and occurrence: Widespread, usually on lighter soils.
NSW subdivisions: SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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