Seeds of South Australia
Atriplex lindleyi ssp. lindleyi (Chenopodiaceae)
Flat-top Saltbush
List of species for Atriplex
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Seed collecting:
November to December
Herbarium regions:
Lake Eyre, Gairdner-Torrens, Flinders Ranges, Eastern, Eyre Peninsula, Northern Lofty, Murray
NRM regions:
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, Eyre Peninsula, South Australian Arid Lands, South Australian Murray-Darling Basin
IBRA regions
Broughton (FLB02)Flinders Lofty Block
 Least Concern
Olary Spur (FLB03) 
 Least Concern
Southern Flinders (FLB04) 
 Least Concern
Northern Flinders (FLB05) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Central Flinders (FLB06) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke Block
 Least Concern
South Olary Plain (MDD01)Murray Darling Depression
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(i,ii))   [edge of range]
Murray Mallee (MDD02) 
 Least Concern   [restricted to river]
Braemer (MDD07) 
 Least Concern
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)Riverina
 Least Concern   [river floodplain spp. ]
Myall Plains (GAW01)Gawler
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Gawler Lakes (GAW03) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Arcoona Plateau (GAW04) 
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))
Roxby (GAW07) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Bimbowrie (BHC05)Broken Hill Complex
 Least Concern
Curnamona (BHC06) 
 Least Concern
Dieri (SSD03)Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Warriner (SSD04) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Strzelecki Desert (SSD05) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Breakaways (STP01)Stony Plains
 Rare   (IUCN: RA d(ii))   [edge of range]
Oodnadatta (STP02) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Murnpeowie (STP03) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Witjira (STP06) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Baltana (STP07) 
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel Country
 Least Concern   [endemic to SA]
IBRA regions
5 of 6 subregionsFlinders Lofty BlockLeast Concern
St Vincent (EYB02)Eyre Yorke BlockLeast Concern
3 of 6 subregionsMurray Darling DepressionLeast Concern
, Rare
Murray Scroll Belt (RIV06)RiverinaLeast Concern
  [river floodplain spp. ]
4 of 8 subregionsGawlerLeast Concern
, Rare
2 of 4 subregionsBroken Hill ComplexLeast Concern
3 of 4 subregionsSimpson Strzelecki DunefieldsLeast Concern
5 of 7 subregionsStony PlainsLeast Concern
, Rare
Sturt Stony Desert (CHC02)Channel CountryLeast Concern
  [endemic to SA]
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. Lindleyi named after John Lindley (1799-1865), a British professor of botany and author on Western Australian plants.
Found scattered across the eastern part of South Australia from north of the Murray. Also found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Native. Common in South Australia. Common in other states.
Plant description:
Annual or short-lived perennial shrub to 30cm high. Leaves oblanceolate to narrow-obvate with a sharp apex and margin either straight or slightly toothed. Male and female flowers on the same plant. Male flowers in small glomerules towards the branch tips. Female flowers in scattered axillary clusters.
Fruit type:
Pale-brown papery fruit with two curved wings on either side of a compressed central part. 
Seed type:
Dark-brown, smooth, reniform seed to 2mm long and 1.5mm wide.
Embryo type:
Seed collecting:
Collect fruits that are starting to turn pale-brown, drying off and papery. 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 clean 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.
Seed viability:
From one collection, the seed viability was high, at 75%.