Atriplex paludosa

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Marsh Saltbush
Atriplex paludosa.jpg
Atriplex paludosa at Altona Coastal Park, Victoria
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Atriplex
Species: A. paludosa
Binomial name
Atriplex paludosa
R.Br.

Atriplex paludosa, commonly known as Marsh Saltbush, is a species of saltbush endemic to Australia.

Description[edit]

It grows as an erect shrub up to a metre high. Leaves are oval in shape, one to four centimetres long, and 2 to 15 millimetres wide.[1]

Taxonomy[edit]

It was first published by Robert Brown in 1810 based on specimen material collected at Port Dalrymple, the site of present-day Launceston, Tasmania.[2] Four subspecies are recognised: A. paludosa subsp. paludosa, A. paludosa subsp. baudinii, A. paludosa subsp. cordata and A. paludosa subsp. moquiniana.[1]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It occurs in southwestern Western Australia,[3] South Australia, Victoria and coastal Tasmania.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Paul G. (1984). "Chenopodiaceae". Flora of Australia, Volume 4: Phytolaccaceae to Chenopodiaceae. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service. 
  2. ^ "Atriplex paludosa R.br.". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ "Atriplex paludosa R.Br.". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife.