Ellura Sanctuary, Swan Reach, SA, 5354
    
Stat'NotesThumbnails: 61.   13 native species listed, with 11 from Ellura
Plant (Plantae) - Small Bluebush & Saltbush
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Climbing Saltbush
Einadia nutans ssp nutans
LC
em
Other Common NameNodding saltbush

Would never have picked this as a salt bush.
We were convinced it was some sort of pea, related to the common flat-pea (Platylobium obtusangulum) because of the triangular / 3-point / spade / arrowhead leaves.
But we were browsing through Entwood Sanctuary's species list, finding photo's on the web for species we haven't seen and there it was, triangular leaves with 3 points! Identified by chance, but we'll take the win

Light green leaves going darker with age, tiny green ball flowers and bright red berry fruits.
Whole
Leaf
New Growth
Structure
Salt Crystals
Bunch of Flowers & Springtail
Flowers becoming Fruit
Flowers becoming Fruit
Fruit
Fruit, Back
Fruit Stem
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Woolly-fruit Bluebush
Eriochiton sclerolaenoides
LC
em
SynonymMaireana sclerolaenoides

Other Common NamesWooly-fruit Copperburr, Woolly-fruit Copperburr or Woolly Bindii
 
Whole, in Flower
Whole, in Fruit
New Growth in Flower
Flower
Fruit
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Wingless Fissure-plant
Maireana enchylaenoides
LC
em
 
Whole, in Flower & Fruit, sideways -EXTRA-
Whole -EXTRA-
Leaf (~11mm) & Stem
2 Flowers (~2mm high & round)
Fruit forming
Fruit, front (~4mm wide)
Fruit, front
Fruit, profile
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Lobed Bluebush
Maireana lobiflora
RA
em
 
Whole, in flower & fruit (~220mm wide)
Leaves (~5mm long)
6 Flowers (~2mm wide each)
Several Older Flowers
Flower, stamen & anther, fruit forming
Fruit, profile, Leaf & Stem
Fruit, isometric view, (~3-5mm wide)
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Hairy-fruit Bluebush
Maireana trichoptera
LC
em
Other Common NameMallee Bluebush
 
Whole
Whole, Above
Structure
Fruit, front
Fruit, back & Red Stem
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Rabbit-tails
Ptilotus seminudus
LC
em
Very variable in colour; from bright green to deep red.
Main difference with Pussy Tails is the leaf shape.
Whole, Green
Whole, Red
Whole Plant, In Flower
Whole, In Flower, Profile
Young Flower
Mature Flower
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Pussy-tails
Ptilotus spathulatus
LC
em
SynonymPtilotus spathulatus forma spathulatus

Other Common NamesCat's Paw, Mulla Mulla

Small sprawling forb with green, purple and red coloured leaves.
The "flowers" grow on the end of long stems that lay on the ground well away from the root. They then stand up like little x-mas trees. The flowers are soft and don't have petals. They look more like seed heads.
Whole Plant
Whole Plant
Flower
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Buckbush
Salsola australis
LC
m
SynonymsSalsola kali, Salsola tragus

Other Common NamesPrickly Rolypoly, Prickly Saltwort, Roly Poly, Russian Thistle, Saltwort or Soft Roly-poly

Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying this species for us

There has been dissagreement in the past regarding this as being a separate species, or the same, as S kali.
The SA herbarium now has S. kali as a synonym of S. australis; as such they are all native.
Whole, Small
Leaves
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Small-winged Bindyi
Sclerolaena brachyptera
RA
em
A small woolly bindyi with tiny flowers. Bindyi's are not renowned for their beauty, but this one is an exception.
The tops, or heads, always look brilliant white due to the mass of silvery hairs crowning the stems.
Whole, in Flower
White Head
Flower & Leaf
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Small-leaf Bindyi
Sclerolaena brevifolia
RA
em
 
Photograph yet to be loaded.
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Grey Bindyi
Sclerolaena diacantha
LC
em
Other Common NamesGrey Bindii, Grey Bindi, Grey Bindi-eye, Grey Copperburr or Grey Copper-burr
 
Whole, large & sprawling
Whole, small & upright
Structure, with 2 pronged fruit
Fruit
Dried showing spiky fruit
Resprounting from an old plant
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Oblique-spined Bindyi
Sclerolaena obliquicuspis
LC
em
Other Common NamesI'm sure it's a weed, Owwwww that hurts, Limestone Bindii or Limestone Copperburr
 
Close Up
Whole
CaryophyllalesAmaranth
Amaranthaceae
Samphire
Tecticornia sp
RA
m
 
Structure
Leaves
Whole

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