Kidney Saltbush
Leaves & Fruit
Ellura
Kidney Saltbush
Gall
 
    
Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranth (Amaranthaceae)
Species: Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)
This Photo:     Galls & Flat Fruits
Other names: Mallee Saltbush or Bitter Saltbush

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
We got lucky & carefully cut one of these galls open to see what was inside. We are rarely successful with this type of investigation. But due to correct timing there was a Gall inducing insect inside. I thought I had squashed it, but it was a Gall Wasp (species yet to be id'ed) and took time to unravel it's wings. Later we opened older / larger galls and found they all had a hole in them. The whole was the escape route / "birth canal" of the Gall Wasp, so they were empty. Photos to be posted.
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)