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|Family: Chenopodiaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Salsola||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Salsola australis R. Br.
Habit: Annual < 2 m, branched, not readily breaking at base, glabrous to +- minutely scabrous (short-bristly). Stem: brittle, blue-glaucous to green, occasionally red-striped. Leaf: opposite or alternate below, alternate above, 8--52 mm, blade +- deciduous, base broader in age, margin broad, translucent, tip sharp-pointed to spiny. Inflorescence: open to dense, prickly, generally not rigid; bract not surrounding fruit, subcylindric, weakly spiny, narrowly wing-margined in age, lower margin +- translucent. Flower: sepals 2.5--3 mm, lobes soft in fruit; anthers 0.5--0.7 mm. Fruit: deciduous in age; 4.8--7.9 mm diam including wings; developed wings 5, opaque, veins few, generally dark, margin generally smooth, smallest wings fan-shaped to broadly obovate. Chromosomes: 2n=18.
Ecology: Disturbed places, road banks, open slopes, railroad tracks, shorelines; Elevation: < 700 m. Bioregional Distribution: GV, CW, SCo, D (rare DMoj); Distribution Outside California: southwestern North America, Mexico, Africa; possibly native to Australia. Flowering Time: Mar--Jan
Synonyms: Salsola kali L. subsp. pontica (Pall.) Mosyakin, misappl.; Salsola tragus, misappl., in part
eFlora Treatment Author: G. Frederic Hrusa
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Salsola
Next taxon: Salsola damascena
Citation for this treatment: G. Frederic Hrusa 2016. Salsola australis, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43028, accessed on February 14, 2016.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2016. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on February 14, 2016.