Common name: Spiny Goosefoot
Rhagodia ulicina (Gand.) Paul G.Wilson APNI*
Synonyms: Chenopodium ulicinum Gand. APNI*
Description: Intricately branched spinescent shrub to 1 m high. Branches covered with small branched vesicular hairs when young.
Leaves alternate, 2–5 mm long, covered with vesicular hairs; shortly petiolate or sessile.
Inflorescence few-flowered. Flowers unisexual, 1.5 mm diam., outer surface of perianth segments covered with branched vesicular hairs, perianth segments spreading in fruit. Male flower with an inconspicuous disc. Female flowers with minute staminodes.
Fruit a berry.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in rocky places on or near limestone in winter-dominated rainfall areas of the arid and semi-arid.
NSW subdivisions: SWS, NWP, SWP, NFWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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