Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:48 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia villosa Lindley var. microcarpa Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:187 (1870); K. microcarpa (Benth.)Paul G. Wilson in H. Eichler, Suppl. 123 (1965).
Common name: Swamp bluebush.
Weak shrub c. 40 cm high; branches slender, loosely white-woolly when young; leaves alternate, subterete to obovoid, 3-5 rarely to 10 mm long, fleshy, glabrous.
Flowers solitary, bisexual, glabrous.
Fruiting perianth glabrous, dark- rarely pale-brown on the wing; tube shortly cup-shaped, c. 1.5 mm high, c. 2 mm diam., more or less costate, crustaceous; wing simple, horizontal, firm, 5-6 rarely to 8 mm diam., with a single radial (radicular) slit, margin usually recurved; upper perianth flat or concave, completely obscuring the ovary.
||Maireana microcarpa fruit.
Image source: fig. 160a 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. 270).
Found in low-lying seasonally waterlogged areas.
S.Aust.: LE, GT, FR, EA, EP. N.T.; N.S.W.
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: May — Nov.
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