S. Jacobs, Telopea 2:453 (1983).
Synonymy: A. leptocarpa F. Muell. forma minor R. Anderson, Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S. W. 55:499 (1930); A. leptocarpa F. Muell. var. minor (R. Anderson)J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 299 (1948).
Common name: None
Spreading annual or short-lived perennial to 30 cm high, monoecious; branches slender; leaves thin, obovate, sinuate-dentate, scaly on both surfaces, apex rounded, base cuneate; lamina 10-20 mm long; petiole slender.
Male flowers in distal axils, perianth glabrescent; female flowers numerous in scattered glomerules.
Fruiting bracteoles when immature oblong and shortly pedicellate, the pedicel eventually becoming spongy; when mature narrow-cylindrical, 3-5 mm long, of 2 distinct portions, the lower third to half a cylindrical firm spongy straw-coloured stipe, the upper portion a somewhat compressed green to straw-coloured thin-walled longitudinally nerved tube, obtuse; seed obovate, radicle lateral and slightly exserted.
||Atriplex sturtii. Fruit
Image source: fig. 151o in Jessop J.P. & Toelken H.R. (Ed.) 1986. Flora of South Australia (4th edn).|
Found in central Australia from south-east N.T. to far north-west N.S.W., principally in white sand.
N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.
Flowering time: Dec. — April.
SA Distribution Map based
on current data relating to
specimens held in the
State Herbarium of South Australia
Atriplex sturtii appears to grade into A. turbinata and A. leptocarpa.
This species differs from Atriplex leptocarpa in leaf shape and in the morphology of the fruiting bracteoles; in A. sturtii the basal portion is eventually spongy and the tube thin-walled while in A. leptocarpa the basal portion is hard and the tube woody.
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