Ruby Bluebush
Young Fruit
Fleshy Saltbush
Ruby Bluebush (Maireana turbinata x Enchylaenae tomentosa)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Ruby Bluebush (Maireana turbinata x Enchylaenae tomentosa)
This Photo:     🔍Fruit, profile🔎

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
A known natural cross between Maireana turbinata & Enchylaena tomentosa.
Under the Maireana genus due to it's winged fruit.
Very similar to Maireana turbinata (of course) and on Ellura seems healthier/happier/more robust.
Has a partial wing slit, and the edges are quite scaloped.
Not to be confused with Maireana tomentosa; yet another species.

Copyright © 2022-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 05-Nov-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.