Ruby Saltbush
Upright Habit
Ruby Saltbush
Pale, Felted Leaf
Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa var tomentosa)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
Species: Ruby Saltbush (Enchylaena tomentosa var tomentosa)
This Photo:     Spreading Habit
Other name: Barrier Saltbush

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.

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