Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:35 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia astrotricha L. Johnson, Contr. N.S.W. natn. Herb. 1:343 (1951); K. sedifolia F. Muell. var. stellulata J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 39:828 (1915).
Common name: Low bluebush.
Rounded divaricately branched shrub to 1 m high closely covered on the branches and leaves with branched hairs; leaves alternate, fleshy, narrowly to broadly obovoid, with an attenuate base, in all 5-10 mm long.
Flowers solitary, polygamo-dioecious, the male hemispherical and the female globose, densely tomentose, minutely bibracteolate.
Fruiting perianth tomentose except for the glabrous wing; tube turbinate, c. 3 mm high, thick-walled and smooth; wing simple, papery, horizontal, c. 15-20 mm diam., pale- to dark-brown when dry, with a single radial slit; upper perianth convex, thick.
||Maireana astrotricha fruits
Image source: fig. 159c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 266.
Usually found in well drained gravelly soil.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU. N.T.; N.S.W.
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: June — Oct.
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