Seeds of South Australia
Atriplex cinerea (Chenopodiaceae)
Grey Saltbush
List of species for Atriplex
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Seed collecting:
October to March
Herbarium regions:
Nullarbor, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Yorke Peninsula, Southern Lofty, Kangaroo Island, South Eastern
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Alinytjara Wilurara, Eyre Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Northern and Yorke, South East
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal Plain
 Least Concern   [tolerates salt]
Kangaroo Island (KAN01)Kanmantoo
 Least Concern   [quick to establish & grow]
Fleurieu (KAN02) 
 Least Concern   [quick to establish & grow]
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern   [quick to establish & grow]
Southern Yorke (EYB01)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Hills (EYB03) 
 Least Concern
Talia (EYB04) 
 Least Concern
Eyre Mallee (EYB05) 
 Least Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling Depression
 Least Concern   [tolerates salt]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Yalata (NUL03)Nullarbor
 Least Concern
Hampton (HAM01)Hampton
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
Bridgewater (NCP01)Naracoorte Coastal PlainLeast Concern
  [tolerates salt]
2 of 2 subregionsKanmantooLeast Concern
Mount Lofty Ranges (FLB01)Flinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
  [quick to establish & grow]
5 of 5 subregionsEyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
Murray Lakes and Coorong (MDD03)Murray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
  [tolerates salt]
Gawler Lakes (GAW03)GawlerRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))
Yalata (NUL03)NullarborLeast Concern
Hampton (HAM01)HamptonLeast Concern
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 orache, a saltbush, an Ancient Latin name for this plant. Cinerea from Latin meaning ashy-grey, alluding to the grey appearance of the plant. 
Found along the coast in South Australia from the Nullarbor to the lower South-east, growing on coastal sands, particularly along shores of sheltered bays and inlets. Also found in Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in the other states.
Plant description:
Dioecious or monoecious, erect or spreading shrub to 1.8 m high. Leaves ovate to narrowly elliptic, narrowly elliptic to oblong to 80 mm long and 25 mm wide; margins entire, rarely coarsely toothed; surfaces uniformly silvery or grey-green. Male flowers in dense globose clusters along a spike. Female flowers clustered in upper axils. Flowering between June and December.
Fruit type:
Greyish ovoid to rhombic fruit, broadly tapered at base, entire or obscurely 1–2-toothed above midway to 10 mm long and wide; dorsal appendages absent.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits that are starting to dry or and turn brown. Fruits can be collected directly from the bush or from the ground underneath
Seed cleaning:
Place the fruits in a tray and leave to dry for one to two weeks. No cleaning is required if only the fruits are collected. The seed can be stored in the fruit or can be cleaned further. Rub the fruit gently by hand to dislodge the seeds. Use a sieve to separate the unwanted material. Store the seeds with a desiccant such as dried silica beads or dry rice, in an air tight container in a cool and dry place.