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Electronic Flora of South Australia species Fact Sheet

Family: Chenopodiaceae
Sclerolaena brevifolia

Citation: A.J. Scott, Reprium nov. Spec. Regni veg. 89:111 (1978).

Synonymy: Bassia brevifolia Ising, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 88:82 (1964).

Common name: None

Description:
Small erect shrub c. 30 cm high, hirtellous all over or eventually almost glabrous; leaves frequently congested, ellipsoid, 2-3 mm long.

Flowers solitary.

Fruiting perianth sparsely pubescent, hard; attachment basal, narrowly elliptic, c. 3 mm long, extending as a short decurrent spur down the stem and sometimes also upwards; tube c. 1 mm long and wide, more or less dorsiventrally compressed; limb inconspicuous, eventually incurved; spines 2, obliquely spreading in different vertical planes (the radicular spine inclined abaxially and the other adaxially), c. 5 mm long, pubescent towards the base; seed and radicle erect.

Distribution:  Found in slightly saline or calcareous soils.

S.Aust.: NU, GT, EP, NL, MU, YP.   W.Aust.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: all months.


SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia

Biology: No text

Taxonomic notes: A species similar to (and probably intergrading with) S. obliquicuspis.

Author: Not yet available


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