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Family: Amaranthaceae
Maireana trichoptera

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:31 (1975).

Synonymy: Kochia excavata J. Black var. trichoptera J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 47:368 (1923).

Common name: None

Erect perennial to 50 cm high, woody at the base; branches woolly; leaves fleshy, semiterete, 5-10 mm long and 1.5-2 mm wide, appressed-pubescent.

Flowers solitary, often spicate.

Fruiting perianth pubescent all over or only on the upper surface, often red when fresh; tube (when fresh) c. 4 mm high, medially constricted, the lower half expanded into an eccentric fleshy hollow stipe (the hollow occupied by the receptacle), upper half shortly turbinate (when dry the lower half shrivels and becomes firm or spongy, the upper half becomes shallowly convex and papery); wing simple, horizontal, thin, more or less reticulately veined, c. 10 mm diam. with a single radial slit; upper perianth flat, pubescent.

image of FSA1_Maireana_tric.jpg Maireana trichoptera fruit
Image source: fig. 160p 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. 275.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL.   W.Aust.; N.T.; N.S.W.; Vic.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: all months but mainly June — Nov.

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