Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 2:38 (1975).
Synonymy: Kochia triptera Benth., Fl. Aust. 5:185 (1870).
Common name: Three-wing bluebush.
Compact bluish-green shrub to 50 cm high, glabrous except for pubescence in the leaf axils; leaves alternate, dense, slender and subterete, acute, c. 10 mm long.
Flowers solitary, usually bisexual.
Fruiting perianth glabrous, glossy, dark-brown to black when dry, frequently congested along the branches; tube turbinate, crustaceous, hard and solid in the lower half; wings papery, in two series; vertical wings 5 (or with 1 or 2 undeveloped), alternate to the perianth lobes, running the length of the tube and fusing with the horizontal wing; horizontal wing at the apex of the tube, flat, entire, c. 8 mm diam., without a radial slit but sulcate opposite the radicle; upper perianth flat.
||Maireana triptera fruit
Image source: fig. 160q 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. 275.
Found in heavy slightly saline soil.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, GT, FR, EA, EP, MU. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.
Flowering time: Flowers and/ or fruits: May — Sept.
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