Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:39 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia triptera Benth. var. erioclada Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:185 (1870); K. erioclada (Benth.)Gauba, Victorian Nat. 65:163 (1948).
Common name: Rosy bluebush.
Shrub to 60 cm high; branches closely white-woolly; leaves alternate, fleshy, narrow-obovoid to clavate, to 10 mm long, glabrous, apex rounded.
Flowers solitary, bisexual, glabrous apart from the woolly-ciliate lobes.
Fruiting perianth glabrous; tube narrowly funnel-shaped (the lower half solid), c. 5 mm high, with 5 vertical semicircular wings that are attached to the horizontal wing and to the tube throughout its length; horizontal wing at the apex of the tube, simple, c. 12 mm diam., radially sulcate at the attachment to the vertical wings and with a single radial (radicular) slit; upper perianth convex, glabrous apart from the ciliate margin to the lobes.
Image source: pl. 10 in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
||Maireana erioclada fruit
Image source: fig. 159m 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.
A frequent invader of disturbed road verges.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: July — Oct.
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