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Family: Amaranthaceae
Maireana appressa

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:54 (1975).

Synonymy: Kochia tomentosa F. Muell., Rep. Babbage Exped. 1858 20 (1859); K. appressa Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:188 (1870), nom. illegit.; K. tomentosa F. Muell. var. appressa J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 197 (1924).

Common name: None

Intricately branched shrub 10-60 cm high, loosely white-woolly all over; leaves alternate, suberect (if small) to spreading, narrow-deltoid to narrow-oblong, 2-5 rarely to 8 mm long.

Flowers solitary, bisexual, glabrous.

Fruiting perianth glabrous (or rarely the upper perianth pubescent), straw-coloured when dry; attachment eccentric on a hollow stipe to 1 mm long, produced from the base of the tube; tube turbinate, 1-2 mm high, thin-walled and readily crushed; wing simple, c. 10 mm diam., papery, faintly nerved, with a radial (radicular) slit; upper perianth usually sunken, completely covering the ovary, with 5 ridges extending radially between the lobes.

image of FSA1_Maireana_app.jpg Maireana appressa fruits
Image source: fig. 159b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 265.

Distribution:  Found on sandy saline or calcareous soils.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU.   W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: March — Oct.

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Biology: No text

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