Short-leaf Bluebush
Mass of Fruit
Rosy Bluebush
Whole, young fruit
Short-leaf Bluebush (Maireana brevifolia)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Short-leaf Bluebush (Maireana brevifolia)
This Photo:     3 Fruits; Dried, Mature, New
Synonyms: Kochia brevifolia, Enchylaena tamariscina or Kochia tamariscina
Other names: Cottonbush, Small Leaf Bluebush or Yanga Bush

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
On the whole a very straggly plant.
But the prominent green heads / tops, with red branches are quite pretty.
Flowers are almost invisible. Like most Maireana's; the fruit looks more like a flower and is quite beautiful.
The new fruits have a beautiful red edge to the wings.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Dec-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)