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Murray Mallee Region
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Buckbush (Salsola australis)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Buckbush (Salsola australis)
This Photo:     🔍As we all know & love
Synonyms: Salsola kali or Salsola tragus
Other names: Prickly Rolypoly, Prickly Saltwort, Roly Poly, Russian Thistle, Saltwort or Soft Roly-poly

Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying and Dr Kym Nicolson & Alan Dandie for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Murray Mallee SA and possibly elsewhere
What an intriguing plant this is. Long considered to be an introduced plant, studies proved this to be a native and various forms of it have been DNA tested and all link back to the same species.
It has petalless flowers, that can be green or red, with 5-lobed pale-green fruits somewhat similar to bluebush (Maireana sp); which makes sense as it's in the same family (Chenopodiaceae).
It's instantly recognisable in broad acre farming regions from the car, but looks incredibly different in it's early stages & smaller sizes.
It isn't so wide spread in native habitats. Generally considered a pest, but a native just the same that should not be removed from native sites.
It has as many common names as habits

Copyright © 2011-2023 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 15-Jun-2011
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)