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Family: Amaranthaceae
Maireana schistocarpa

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:40 (1975).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Divaricately branched shrub to 1 m high; branchlets densely tomentose; leaves slender, terete, fleshy, 4-12 mm long, acute, sparsely appressed-villous with simple hairs.

Flowers solitary (or rarely paired), bisexual, densely tomentose.

Fruiting perianth soft and easily crushed, sparsely pilose except for the wing, straw-coloured when dry; tube broadly turbinate, c. 2 mm high, with a vertical slit opposite the radicle extending half way down; wing more or less horizontal, simple, papery, 12-15 mm diam., very faintly veined, with a single radial slit from whose margins the wing passes down the tube in two membranes one either side of the slit.

image of FSA1_Maireana_sch.jpg Maireana schistocarpa fruit
Image source: fig 160j in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 274.

Distribution:  Found on a variety of non-saline habitats such as sanddunes and gibber plains.

S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, EP.   N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: June — Sept.

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Biology: No text

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