Leaves & Fruit
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|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.