Rohrlach's Bluebush
Whole, small
Ellura
Rohrlach's Bluebush
Leaves
 
    
Rohrlach's Bluebush (Maireana rohrlachii)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Rohrlach's Bluebush (Maireana rohrlachii)
This Photo:     Structure

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Probably one of the most beautiful bluebush fruits. The fruit wings are curved and have deep red edges, going to shiny copper centres.
The wing is one piece with a single slit, which is hard to spot.
The centre fleshy part of the fruit is green and cone shaped on the back.
The stems are hairy, and leaves typical of Maireana; succulent green with red tinges.
We confused these for a while with M brevifolia, as they can have a bit of a red ring. But closer inspection shows the single wing vs 5 for M brevifolia. The plant is similar though (well that's my excuse & I'm sticking to it
without the red stems.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 21-May-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)