Cottony Saltbush
Cottony Saltbush
Cottony Saltbush (Chenopodium curvispicatum)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Cottony Saltbush (Chenopodium curvispicatum)
This Photo:     Fruit
Other name: Cottony Goosefoot

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), and elsewhere
Generally more a creeper rather than a bush.
Green to silvery grey leaves which are triangular and shovel shaped.
The fruit is encapsulated in a crystalline (sugary) looking shell that splits open into 5 pieces. As it dries and opens it looks like a red flower with 5 petals.

Copyright © 2012- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Jul-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)