Fruit, back & Red Stem
Small Young Branching Plant
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes|
|Family:||Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Buckbush (Salsola australis)|
|This Photo:||🔍Small Mature Plant🔎|
|Synonyms:||Salsola kali or Salsola tragus|
|Other names:||Prickly Rolypoly, Prickly Saltwort, Roly Poly, Russian Thistle, Saltwort or Soft Roly-poly|
Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying and Dr Kym Nicolson & Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
What an intriguing plant this is. Long considered to be an introduced plant, studies proved this to be a native and various forms of it have been DNA tested and all link back to the same species.
It has petalless flowers, that can be green or red, with 5-lobed pale-green fruits somewhat similar to bluebush (Maireana sp); which makes sense as it's in the same family (Chenopodiaceae).
It's instantly recognisable in broad acre farming regions from the car, but looks incredibly different in it's early stages & smaller sizes.
It isn't so wide spread in native habitats. Generally considered a pest, but a native just the same that should not be removed from native sites.
It has as many common names as habits