Rhagodia candolleana subsp. candolleana—Coastal Saltbush—AMARANTHACEAE.

Rhagodia candolleana

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Habitat— In saline or sandy areas including littoral rainforest near the coast.

Distribution—Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and South Australia.

Description— Spreading or erect shrub to 4 m high; branches striate, with vesicular hairs when young.

Local occurrences

Bennett Head, Black Head, Black Head Beach, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Burgess Beach, Burgess Road, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Cliff Road, Coocumbac Island, Diamond Beach, Diamond Beach LRF, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Pebbly Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Red Head, Second Head and Seven Mile Beach and Green Point.

Leaves.— Opposite or alternate, entire, elliptic to broad—ovate to hastate, 20 to 35 mm long, apex acute to obtuse; shortly petiolate.

Rhagodia candolleana
Rhagodia candolleana

Inflorescence.—Flowers mostly unisexual. Perianth segments densely pubescent on outer surface. Female flower with staminodes usually half the length of the perianth segments.

Flowering.—June to July.

Fruit.—Berry with fleshy perianth at base; seed 1.5 to 2.5 mm diam.

Ripe.—January to February

Rhagodia candolleana