Kidney Saltbush
Male Flowers
Kidney Saltbush
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:     Galls & Flat Fruits
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:
We got lucky when we carefully cut one of these galls open to see what was inside. Due to correct timing there was a Gall inducing insect inside. We thought we had squashed it, but it was a Gall Wasp (species yet to be id'ed) and took time to unravel it's wings. Later we opened older / larger galls and found they all had a hole in them. The whole was the escape route/"birth canal" of the Gall Wasp, so they were empty.
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 © 2013-2023 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)