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Family: Chenopodiaceae
Sclerolaena bicuspis

Citation: Domin, Biblthca Bot. 89:624 (1921).

Synonymy: Anisacantha bicuspis F. Muell., J. Trans. Vict. Inst. 133 (1855); Chenolea bicuspis (F. Muell.)F. Muell. ex Tate, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 3:58 (1880); Bassia bicuspis (F. Muell.)F. Muell., Syst. Census Aust. Pl. 1:30 (1882).

Common name: None

Small shrub c. 15 cm high; branches robust, glabrous, glossy, densely pilose in the axils; leaves crowded, slender and semiterete, flattened towards the base, 1-1.5 cm long, sparsely pilose when young.

Flowers solitary but congested; perianth pilose; stamens 5; style robust, pilose.

Fruiting perianth woody; attachment oblique, circular, c. 1.5 mm diam.; tube very shortly turbinate, 1.5-2 mm high and c. 4 mm wide at the apex, ribbed, sparsely pilose; limb erect, oblong, c. 3.5 mm high, membranous to crustaceous, sparsely pilose; spines 2 rarely 3, erect or slightly spreading, opposite, 8-13 mm long; radicular tubercle present; seed horizontal.

image of FSA1_Sclerolaena_bicu.jpg Sclerolaena bicuspis fruit
Image source: fig. 169c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: F. Mueller (1891) Iconography of Australian salsolaceous plants, t. 73.

Distribution:  S.Aust.: LE, FR, EP.   W.Aust.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/ or fruits: Aug. — Nov.

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