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Family: Amaranthaceae
Dysphania plantaginella

Citation: F. Muell., Fragm. Phyt. Aust. 1:61 (1858).

Synonymy: Chenopodium plantaginellum (F. Muell.)Aellen, Bot. Jb. 63:487 (1930).

Common name: None

Annual with several prostrate to ascending stems arising from the base; leaves elliptic to broadly elliptic, entire, with sessile glandular hairs; lamina 1-2 cm long, passing into a short petiole.

Inflorescence of slender erect spikes composed of dense globular clusters; flowers with slender pedicels 0.3-0.5 mm long; terminal flower of the clusters bisexual; perianth-segments 3, free but persistent on the pedicel, with a strongly inflated limb that has a rounded to spreading keel, ciliolate otherwise glabrous; stamen solitary; style solitary; lateral flowers of the cluster female otherwise similar to the terminal flower.

Pericarp smooth, adherent; seed ellipsoid, erect, c. 0.5 mm long; embryo lateral and basal; radicle inferior; infructescence breaking up at the base of the pedicels to release the seed enclosed within the 3 perianth segments.

image of FSA1_Dysphania_plan.jpg Dysphania plantaginella
Image source: fig. 155j in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Distribution:  Usually found in sand, either coastal or on the margins of waterholes and inland salt lakes.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, EA, EP.   W.Aust.; N.T.; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: recorded Jan. — April, Aug., Sept.

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Biology: No text

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