Erect Mallee Bluebush
Several Plants
Erect Mallee Bluebush
Summer Dried Leaves
Erect Mallee Bluebush (Maireana pentatropis)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
Species: Erect Mallee Bluebush (Maireana pentatropis)
This Photo:     New Stem, Leaves & Flowers

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
Small, cylindrical, succulent, green leaves on long woody buff stems. Flowers are tiny white at the base of the leaves on the stem.
In summer the plant takes nutrients from the leaves, leaving the leaves to shrivel up into black husk.

Copyright © 2012-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Aug-2012
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)