Australian saltbush
Atriplex semibaccata R. Br.


Atriplex semibaccata is a perennial shrub that can grow up to 13 in. (33 cm) tall.
Leaves are green to greyish on the upper side and whitish in color on the lower side, alternate, attenuate base, obtuse apex, obovate to oblong, and 0.2-1.2 in. (5-30 mm) long.
Flowers are yellow, and 0.06 in. (1.5 mm) wide. Male flowers are found in dense clusters on upper axils, and female plants are found on lower axils either individually or in clusters. Flowering occurs in summer.
Fruits are 0.16-0.24 in. (4-6 mm) long, sessile, diamond-shaped, and red when mature. Seeds are black and 0.06-0.07 in. (1.5 -1.7 mm) long.
Ecological Threat
Atriplex semibaccata can be found along roads, in marshes, and waste places. It is native to Australia.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Genus: Atriplex
Subject: Atriplex semibaccata R. Br.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Australian saltweed


Plants - Shrub or Subshrub