Regularity: Regularly occurring
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable
It grows as an erect or sprawling shrub up to a metre high. Leaves are oval in shape, five to 25 millimetres long, and 3 to 15 millimetres wide.
The species was first published by George Bentham in 1870, based on a name selected by Robert Heward (es/fr). The species' only synonym is Pachypharynx neglecta, published by Paul Aellen (de/es/pt) in 1938.
It is a highly variable species. The Flora of Australia treatment of this species recognises eight subspecies, namely A. vesicaria subsp. vesicaria, A. vesicaria subsp. appendiculata, A. vesicaria subsp. variabilis, A. vesicaria subsp. calcicola, A. vesicaria subsp. minor, A. vesicaria subsp. incompta, A. vesicaria subsp. macrocystidia and A. vesicaria subsp. sphaerocarpa. Not all of these are accepted in South Australia, where the subspecies tend to intergrade.
Distribution and habitat
- Wilson, Paul G. (1984). "Chenopodiaceae". Flora of Australia, Volume 4: Phytolaccaceae to Chenopodiaceae. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.
- "Atriplex vesicaria Heward ex Benth.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
- "Pachypharynx neglecta Aellen". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government.
- "Atriplex vesicaria Benth.". FloraBase. Department of Environment and Conservation, Government of Western Australia.
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