Hairy-fruit Bluebush
Fruit, back & Red Stem
Murray Mallee Region
Buckbush
Leaves
 
    
Buckbush (Salsola australis)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
Species: Buckbush (Salsola australis)
This Photo:     Small
Synonyms: Salsola kali, Salsola tragus
Other names: Prickly Rolypoly, Prickly Saltwort, Roly Poly, Russian Thistle, Saltwort or Soft Roly-poly

Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
There has been dissagreement in the past regarding this as being a separate species, or the same, as S kali.
The SA herbarium now has S. kali as a synonym of S. australis; as such they are all native.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 26-Feb-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)