Spiny Saltbush
Male Flower
Spiny Saltbush
Fruit Starting
Spiny Saltbush (Rhagodia spinescens)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
Species: Spiny Saltbush (Rhagodia spinescens)
This Photo:     Female Flower Stem
Other names: Berry saltbush, Creeping Saltbush, Hedge saltbush or Thorny saltbush

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Compared to other Spiny shrubs, this is pretty soft and painless.
Has great variety of leaf colour from pale green thru to vivid red (we suspect the red ones are dying, like autumn leaves). Older leaves are green with a white milky coating and shiny reddish brown edges (margins). These leaves are very distinctive to this species making id easy, but aren't on young plants.
As with all saltbushes, has tiny flowers that are barely discernible.
The fruits are much darker than usual; a deep burgundy wine colour. As such, any red fruits you see with the naked eye are not fruits but the stained bracts remaining after the fruit has dropped.

Copyright © 2013-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 17-Dec-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)