Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:57 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia radiata Paul G. Wilson in H. Eichler, Suppl. 124 (1965).
Common name: Grey bluebush.
Densely branched shrub c. 0.3 m high; branches closely woolly, the hairs at first white but eventually dark-brown; leaves alternate, more or less erect, fleshy, narrow-ovate to semiterete, 2-4 mm long, somewhat woolly.
Flowers solitary, bisexual, glabrous below and usually above.
Fruiting perianth glabrous except for the densely woolly upper perianth; tube hemispherical, to 1 mm high and 1.5 mm diam., brittle or almost woody, faintly fibbed; wing simple, horizontal, papery, 4-6 mm diam., translucent when dry and between the fine dark-brown radial veins, with a single radial slit; upper perianth slightly convex, densely woolly.
||Maireana radiata fruit
Image source: fig 160h in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Generally found in sandy, usually calcareous, loam.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EP, NL, MU, YP. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: Aug. — Nov.
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