Seeds of South Australia
Atriplex holocarpa (Chenopodiaceae)
Pop Saltbush
List of species for Atriplex
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Seed collecting:
September to December
Herbarium regions:
North Western, Lake Eyre, Nullarbor, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray, 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
Broughton (FLB02)Flinders Lofty Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
Murray Mallee (MDD02)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; spread by stock]
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; spread by stock]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Least Concern
Gawler Volcanics (GAW02) 
 Least Concern
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Least Concern
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Least Concern
Kingoonya (GAW05) 
 Least Concern
Torrens (GAW06) 
 Least Concern
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern
Commonwealth Hill (GAW08) 
 Least Concern
Maralinga (GVD03)Great Victoria Desert
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Tallaringa (GVD05) 
 Least Concern
Yellabinna (GVD06) 
 Near Threatened   (Probable Decline)
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)Nullarbor
 Near Threatened   [edge of range]
Barrier Range (BHC01)Broken Hill Complex
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Barrier Range Outwash (BHC04) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Bimbowrie (BHC05) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Curnamona (BHC06) 
 Least Concern   (Probable Increase)   [Occurs around water points]
Simpson Desert (SSD02)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Least Concern
Dieri (SSD03) 
 Least Concern
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Least Concern
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern
Peake-Dennison Inlier (STP04) 
 Least Concern
Macumba (STP05) 
 Least Concern
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern
Diamantina-Eyre (CHC04) 
 Least Concern
Coongie (CHC06) 
 Least Concern
Lake Pure (CHC07) 
 Least Concern
Mann-Musgrave Block (CER01)Central Ranges
 Least Concern
Everard Block (CER03) 
 Least Concern
Tieyon (FIN03)Finke
 Least Concern
IBRA regions
DISPLAY ALL
5 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
, Rare
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke BlockRare
  (IUCN: RA d(ii))   (Probable Decline)
2 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaRare
  (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range; spread by stock]
8 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
3 of 4 subregionsGreat Victoria DesertLeast Concern
, Near Threatened
Nullarbor Plain (NUL02)NullarborNear Threatened
  [edge of range]
4 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
7 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
4 of 4 subregionsChannel CountryLeast Concern
2 of 3 subregionsCentral RangesLeast Concern
Tieyon (FIN03)FinkeLeast 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 orach, a saltbush, an Ancient Latin name for this plant. Holocarpa from the Greek 'holo' meaning entire or whole and 'karpos' meaning fruit, referring to the undivided fruit.
Distribution:
Found throughout South Australia except on Kangaroo Island and the South-east, growing on flood plains or sandy flats. Also found in all mainland states.
Status:
Native. Common in South Australia. Rare in Victoria. Common in the other states..
Plant description:
Small rounded annual or short-lived shrub to 30 cm high, monoecious. Leaves thin, scurfy on both surfaces with leaf-blade deltoid to narrow-rhomboid to 30 mm long; apex acute; base obtuse; margin sinuate to serrate. Flowers in axillary clusters. Flowering between June and October.
Fruit type:
Creamy globular to ovoid, spongy fruit to 12 mm long.
Seed type:
Brown, flat reniform seed to 5 mm long and 5 mm wide.
Embryo type:
Peripheral.
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits that have started to dry and turn pale. Check for viable seed inside the fruit before collecting. 
Seed cleaning:
Spread fruits in a tray and leave to dry for 1-2 weeks. No further cleaning is required if only fruits are collected. The seed can be stored in the fruit or cleaned further. Rub the fruit gently by hand to dislodge the seeds and use a sieve to separate unwanted material. Store seeds in a dry cool place.