Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:19 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia eriantha F. Muell., Rep. Babbage Exped. 1858 20 (1859); ?K. concava Ising, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 78:112 (1955).
Common name: Woolly bluebush.
Shrub to 0.5 m high, predominantly dioecious; branchlets tomentose, the older ones scarred with persistent leaf bases; leaves alternate or opposite, fleshy, very narrow-oblong, obtusely trigonous in cross-section, 10-30 mm long and 1.5-3 mm wide, acute, densely silky.
Flowers solitary or paired, arranged in leafy spikes.
Fruiting perianth long-silky-woolly, forming a soft ball c. 10 mm diam.; tube broadly turbinate to cupshaped, c. 3 mm high, with thin weak walls; wing leathery, horizontal, more or less deeply and irregularly divided into 5 lobes; upper perianth deeply lobed, completely covering the ovary.
||Maireana eriantha fruit
Image source: fig. 159l 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. 268.
Drincipally on stony plains or rocky hills.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EP. N.T.; Qld; N.S.W..
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: July — Sept.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
The type of Kochia concava may represent a deformed state of Maireana eriantha but this cannot be established from the available material.
Not yet available