Kidney Saltbush
Galls & Flat Fruits
Bladder Saltbush
Whole Bush
Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)
This Photo:     Gall
Other names: Mallee Saltbush or Bitter Saltbush

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Interesting how we grew up being taught that mankind is the only species to change it's environment for it's own benefit.
RUBBISH; many animals do. Look at gall insects, they change the molecular structure of the plant to provide a safe haven for it to grow. Many animals dig burrows, make nests, etc.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Previously we considered these to have swollen fruits, which didn't make much sense.
But of course we now realise they are galls.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Feb-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)