Common name: Three-wing Bluebush
Maireana triptera (Benth.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Kochia triptera Benth. APNI*
Kochia triptera var. pentaptera auct. non J.M.Black APNI*
Description: Erect bluish green perennial to 70 cm high; glabrous except for occasional axillary hairs.
Leaves semiterete, to 30 mm long, succulent.
Flowers solitary, bisexual. Fruiting perianth glabrous, drying to dark brown or black, with a turbinate tube, and usually 5 (rarely 3 or 4) vertical wings running the length of the tube, alternate to the perianth segments and fusing with the horizontal wing; horizontal wing c. 8 mm diam., without a radial slit.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually on sandy soils, frequently in mallee areas.
NSW subdivisions: NWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A. N.T.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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