Leaves & Fruit
|Class:||Plant (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)
Previously we considered these to have swollen fruits, which didn't make much sense.
But of course we now realise they are galls.