Seeds of South Australia
Atriplex acutibractea ssp. acutibractea (Chenopodiaceae)
Pointed Saltbush
List of species for Atriplex
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Seed collecting:
October to January
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Murray, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Northern and Yorke, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
SUMMARY
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Endangered   (IUCN: EN B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [coastal sp; used to occur along cliffs]
Broughton (FLB02) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Least Concern   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern   [grows along roadsides]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern   [grows along roadsides]
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii,iii))   (Probable Decline)   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern   [calcareous soils]
Talia (EYB04) 
 Near Threatened
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [common after rain, short-lived]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern   [common after rain, short-lived]
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Least Concern   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Least Concern   [common after rain, short-lived]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Near Threatened   [grazing a threat]
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Data Deficient
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Vulnerable   (IUCN: VU B2ab(i,ii))   (Definite Decline)
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Near Threatened   [grows along roadsides]
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [limited habitat]
Carlisle (NUL01)Nullarbor
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02) 
 Least Concern
Yalata (NUL03) 
 Near Threatened
Barrier Range (BHC01)Broken Hill Complex
 Least Concern   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Barrier Range Outwash (BHC04) 
 Least Concern   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Bimbowrie (BHC05) 
 Least Concern   [Grows with M swedifolia in arid regions]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [grows along roadsides]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
6 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Vulnerable
, Endangered
4 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Vulnerable
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaLeast Concern
  [common after rain, short-lived]
5 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Vulnerable
, Data Deficient
2 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertRare
3 of 3 subregionsNullarborLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
, Rare
3 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexLeast Concern
2 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsRare
RSCA map:
Regional Species Conservation Assessments per IBRA subregion. Please click the thumbnail map.
AVH map:
Australian distribution map (external link)
SA Census:
Census of South Australian plants (external link)     [genus Atriplex]
SA Flora:
Flora of South Australia Edition 5
Name derivation:
Atriplex from the Latin 'atriplexum' meaning an orach, a saltbush, an Ancient Latin name for this plant; acutibractea  referring to the pointed bracteoles. 
Distribution:
Found across the southern parts of semi-arid regions in South Australia.  
Status:
Native, common in South Australia, also recorded in Western Australia and New South Wales. Rare in Victoria.
Plant description:
Shrub to 50 cm, leaves sessile or with short petioles; lamina usually flat, 5-30 mm long. Flowers clustered. 
Fruit type:
Fruits (bracteoles) oblong with steeply pointed (acuminate) apex, 4-8 mm long with a pedicel.  
Seed type:
Circular, convex, brown seed
Embryo type:
Peripheral
Seed collecting:
Collect ripe straw coloured fruits.  check that they contain viable seeds.
Seed cleaning:
Remove twigs and other plant material