Kidney Saltbush
Leaves & Fruit
Ellura
Kidney Saltbush
Gall
 
    
Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (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, SA), and elsewhere
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, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)