Kidney Saltbush
Galls & Flat Fruits
Cottony Saltbush
Big On Dead Callitris Trunk
Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)Class: Plants (Plantae) - Land Plants (Charophyta) - Land Plants (Equisetopsida) - Shrubs & Bushes
Order: Betalains (Caryophyllales)
Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Kidney Saltbush (Atriplex stipitata)
This Photo:     Gall
Other names: Mallee Saltbush or Bitter Saltbush

Thank you Tony and Jenny Dominelli for confirming the id of this species for us

EXTRA - Photo Specific Information:
Interesting how we grew up being taught that mankind is the only species to change it's environment for it's own benefit.
RUBBISH; many animals do. Look at gall insects, they change the molecular structure of the plant to provide a safe haven for it to grow. Many animals dig burrows, make nests, etc.
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Previously we considered these to have swollen fruits, which didn't make much sense.
But of course we now realise they are galls.

Copyright © 2013-2022 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 10-Feb-2013
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)