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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Chenopodiaceae
Halosarcia lepidosperma

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 3:47 (1980).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Erect shrub to 1 m high; branches slender, erect; articles obovoid to cylindrical, 5-10 mm long, entire, slightly glaucous.

Spikes terminal, slender, cylindrical, to 50 mm long, 3.5-5 mm diam.; flowers almost free, slightly ascending; apex truncate and broadly oblong; perianth succulent; abaxial lobe large and semicircular, overlapping the lateral lobes.

Fruiting perianth not or scarcely exceeding the bracts, succulent and eventually spongy, shrivelled on drying or firm and papery on the outside; pericarp membranous and fused to the perianth; fruitlets eventually tearing away from the axis exposing the seed at its base; seed suborbicular, c. 1.5 mm long, white or pale-fawn when dry; outer testa raised on the margin to form 5-7 concentric scale-like ribs with transverse corrugations.

Distribution:  Found in slightly saline soil. Possibly an introduction in S.Aust.

  W.Aust.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: March — May (2 records).


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