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Family: Chenopodiaceae
Sclerostegia medullosa

Citation: Paul G. Wilson, Nuytsia 3:24 (1980).

Synonymy: Not Applicable

Common name: None

Description:
Much branched shrub to 1 m high; articles cylindrical, 4-5 mm long, 2-3 mm diam., papillose (when dry), becoming pithy with age, acutely lobed, with a denticulate, margin.

Flowering articles identical to and interspersed amongst vegetative ones; flowers vertical, dorsiventrally flattened distally, united in the lower two-thirds; perianth membranous.

Fruiting articles cylindrical, pithy; perianth membranous; pericarp hard and brittle, c. 2.5 mm long, adherent to the woody axis; seed ellipsoid, c. 2.5 mm long; fruit released on decay of surrounding bract tissue.

image of FSA1_Sclerostegia_med.jpg Sclerostegia medullosa twig and portion of spike
Image source: fig. 171c in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).

Published illustration: Wilson (1980) Nuytsia 3:83.

Distribution:  Found in heavy soil on flood plains.

  Qld; N.S.W.

Conservation status: native

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


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

Biology: No text

Author: Not yet available


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