Chenopodium hastatum

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Einadia hastata Brush Farm.JPG
Eastwood, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
Tribe: Atripliceae
Genus: Chenopodium
Species: C. hastatum
Binomial name
Chenopodium hastatum
(R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch
  • Rhagodia hastata R.Br.
  • Einadia hastata (R. Br.) A.J. Scott[1]

Chenopodium hastatum[1] (Syn. Einadia hastata), known by the common name of Saloop or Berry Saltbush is a small plant in the Amaranthaceae family. This species is found in coastal and inland areas of eastern Australia. Occasionally seen in rainforest gullies, though mostly seen in more open areas.

Often found in the heavier soils, up to 50 cm tall. Leaves may be opposite or alternate on the stem. Triangular to broadly triangular in shape. Tiny green flowers form in summer.[2]

The original specimen was collected at Sydney in the early colonial days. This species first appeared in the scientific literature as Rhagodia hastata in 1810 in the Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae, authored by the prolific Scottish botanist, Robert Brown. After phylogenetical research, Fuentes-Bazan et al. (2012) included this species in genus Chenopodium.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Susy Fuentes-Bazan, Guilhem Mansion, Thomas Borsch: Towards a species level tree of the globally diverse genus Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae). In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol. 62, No. 1, 2012, ISSN 1055-7903, p. 372, DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.006
  2. ^ Les Robinson - Field Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, ISBN 978-0-7318-1211-0 page 153