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Family: Chenopodiaceae
Sclerostegia disarticulata

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 3:19 (1980).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Divaricately branched rounded shrub to 1.5 m high; articles barrel-shaped to obovoid, 3-6 mm long, dull to bright-green (often black when dry).

Spikes narrow-cylindrical, mostly 5-10 mm long, 3-4 mm diam.; opposite bracts free from each other (rarely slightly united); flowers vertical to the spike axis, intimately fused to each other; apex (outer exposed surface) of each triad truncate, triangular; lateral (male) flowers small, central (bisexual) flower large.

Fruit: pericarp broadly obovoid, c. 1.7 mm long, horny all over, surrounded by the thin succulent perianth; seed ovoid, c. 1.5 mm long; mature spike breaking up into separate bracts and triads (the latter composed of the fruit fused to the small male flowers);.pericarp eventually splitting longitudinally to release the seed.

image of FSA1_Sclerostegia_dis.jpg Sclerostegia disarticulata twig and portion of spike
Image source: fig. 171b in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Wilson (1980) Nuytsia 3:80.

Distribution:  Usually found in strongly alkaline or slightly saline soil.

  W.Aust.; N.T.; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: Flowers and/or fruits: June — Dec., Feb.

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