Pale, Felted Leaf
|Class:||Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes|
|Family:||Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa var tomentosa)|
|This Photo:||Spreading Habit|
|Other name:||Barrier Saltbush|
Thank you Alan Dandie , Geoffrey Cox & Luke and Denise Flitter for confirming the id of this species for us
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Riverland and elsewhere
A soft, pretty little bush with bright, shiny, ruby red to yellow fruits (on the same bush). Young fruit is green.
We're pretty sure that the old fruits can also be green (as per photo here). Others suggest all fruit goes red with time, but we don't agree with this; with our specimens. It's always possible there are unknown subspecies with different behaviours.
Leaves can be pale green (almost white) thru dark green with dark red tips, cylindrical and succulent.
Stem is generally grey and woody.
Can have a spreading or upright habit, often entwined in another bush.