Ellura Sanctuary, Swan Reach, SA, 5354
      
 
Stat'NotesThumbnails: 72.   16 native species listed, with 11 from Ellura
Plants (Plantae) - Small Bluebushes & Saltbushes
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Amaranth
Amaranthaceae
Pink Mulla Mulla
Ptilotus exaltatus


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Thank you Darren Schmitke & Dr Timothy Hammer for identifying and Dr Miguel de Salas for helping with the id of this species for us

Darren invited us to a local reserve to show us some stunning species exploding after a fire 2.5 years ago. When we found this Darren told us it was Mulla Mulla.
However trying to nail down the binomial name presented a challenge.
It turns out the taxonomy of Ptilotus has been a bit of a mess. Some on-line systems still haven't caught up. At one point this was P. exaltatus var exaltatus, then was moved to Ptilotus nobilis ssp. nobilis, but then the other sub-species of P. nobilis were moved elsewhere and this defaulted to P. nobilis.
Miguel highlighted this to us on iNaturalist.
Then Timothy wrote a paper clarifying it's taxonomic position back to P. exaltatus.
Well at least the common name didn't change
LOL
Habit
Flower & Bud
Flower Close Up
Flower with old Fruit
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Amaranth
Amaranthaceae
Rabbit-tails
Ptilotus seminudus


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Very variable in colour; from bright green to deep red.
Main difference with Pussy Tails is the leaf shape.
Green
Red
In Flower
In Flower, Profile
Young Flower
Mature Flower
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Amaranth
Amaranthaceae
Pussy-tails
Ptilotus spathulatus
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SynonymPtilotus spathulatus forma spathulatus

Other Common NamesCat's Paw, Mulla Mulla

Small sprawling forb with green, purple and red coloured leaves.
The "flowers" grow on the end of long stems that lay on the ground well away from the root. They then stand up like little x-mas trees. The flowers are soft and don't have petals. They look more like seed heads.
Plant
Plant
Flower
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Cannonball Burr
Dissocarpus paradoxus


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Other Common NameBall Bindyi

Similar Species: Woolly-fruit Bluebush (Eriochiton sclerolaenoides)
A small plant that was abundant in the area.
The burrs are quite large at ~12mm diameter (to the spine tips) and very distinctive; being a woolly ball.
The flowers are petalless, with just long anthers poking out of the wool.
The fruiting body then forms under the woolly ball.
Whole
Flower Finishing
Fruit Forming
Old Fruit Capsule
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Climbing Saltbush
Einadia nutans ssp nutans
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Other Common NameNodding saltbush

Would never have picked this as a salt bush.
We were convinced it was some sort of pea, related to the common flat-pea (Platylobium obtusangulum) because of the triangular / 3-point / spade / arrowhead leaves.
But we were browsing through Entwood Sanctuary's species list, finding photo's on the web for species we haven't seen and there it was, triangular leaves with 3 points! Identified by chance, but we'll take the win

Light green leaves going darker with age, tiny green ball flowers and bright red berry fruits.
Whole
Leaf
New Growth
Structure
Salt Crystals
Bunch of Flowers & Springtail
Flowers becoming Fruit
Flowers becoming Fruit
Fruit
Fruit, Back
Fruit Stem
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Woolly-fruit Bluebush
Eriochiton sclerolaenoides
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SynonymMaireana sclerolaenoides

Other Common NamesWooly-fruit Copperburr, Woolly-fruit Copperburr or Woolly Bindii

Similar Species: Cannonball Burr (Dissocarpus paradoxus) 
In Flower
In Fruit
New Growth in Flower
Flower
Fruit
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Wingless Fissure-plant
Maireana enchylaenoides
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In Flower & Fruit, sideways
Whole
Leaf, ~11mm, & Stem
2 Flowers, ~2mm high & round
Fruit forming
Fruit, front, ~4mm wide
Fruit, front
Fruit, profile
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Lobed Bluebush
Maireana lobiflora


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Thank you Dr Kym Nicolson for helping with the id of this species for us

It is possible this is Maireana lanosa.
There seem to be many conflicting indicators related to these two species make id difficult.
In flower & fruit, ~220mm wide
Leaves, ~5mm long
6 Flowers, ~2mm wide each
Several Older Flowers
Flower, stamen & anther, fruit forming
Fruit, profile, Leaf & Stem
Fruit, isometric view, ~3-5mm wide
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Hairy-fruit Bluebush
Maireana trichoptera


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Other Common NameMallee Bluebush
 
Whole
Above
Structure
Fruit, front
Fruit, back & Red Stem
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Buckbush
Salsola australis


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SynonymsSalsola kali, Salsola tragus

Other Common NamesPrickly Rolypoly, Prickly Saltwort, Roly Poly, Russian Thistle, Saltwort or Soft Roly-poly

Thank you Andrew Allanson for identifying this species for us

There has been dissagreement in the past regarding this as being a separate species, or the same, as S kali.
The SA herbarium now has S. kali as a synonym of S. australis; as such they are all native.
Small
Leaves
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Small-winged Bindyi
Sclerolaena brachyptera
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A small woolly bindyi with tiny flowers. Bindyi's are not renowned for their beauty, but this one is an exception.
The tops, or heads, always look brilliant white due to the mass of silvery hairs crowning the stems.
In Flower
White Head
Flower & Leaf
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Small-leaf Bindyi
Sclerolaena brevifolia
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Photograph yet to be loaded.
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Grey Bindyi
Sclerolaena diacantha


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Other Common NamesGrey Bindii, Grey Bindi, Grey Bindi-eye, Grey Copperburr or Grey Copper-burr
 
Large & sprawling
Small & upright
Structure, with 2 pronged fruit
Fruit
Dried showing spiky fruit
Resprounting from an old plant
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Oblique-spined Bindyi
Sclerolaena obliquicuspis
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Other Common NamesI'm sure it's a weed, Owwwww that hurts, Limestone Bindii or Limestone Copperburr
 
Close Up
Whole
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Small-flower Bindyi
Sclerolaena parviflora


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Other Common NameMallee Copperbur
 
Habit
Leaves & Fruit
Fruit
Betalains
Caryophyllales
Goosefoot
Chenopodiaceae
Samphire
Tecticornia sp
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Structure
Leaves
Whole

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