|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Top-fruit Bluebush (Maireana turbinata)|
|This Photo:||🔍Woolly Stem🔎|
|Other name:||Satiny Bluebush|
Thank you Karen Weaving for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Very similar to Rohrlach's Bluebush. Taking a closer look you notice the lack of a radial slit in the fruit's wing; this isn't as easy to spot as you might think.
The face of the wing is smooth except for small hair tuft in the middle; unlike Rohrlach's, which has a doughnut shaped lump in the centre.
The bushes are quite small, ~400 mm across, and entangled with other plants for protection.
The stems are covered in wool.
We found a small patch of them after a massive rainfall this year (2022). We also discovered the cross between these & Ruby Saltbush on the same day in the same area (plus have since found more elsewhere)