Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Dicotyledon Literature for Atriplex semibaccata
Wagner et al., 1990, 1999.
   Amaranthaceae -- The Amaranth, Goosefoot Family Bibliography
      Atriplex semibaccata

Common name(s): salybush, Australian saltbush
General Information
DistributionNative to Australia.In the Hawaiian Islands, naturalized on Ni`ihau, Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Kaho`olawe, Hawai`i.

Perennial herbs from an elongate taproot; stems prostrate, 6-15 dm long, many-branched, forming spreading mats.
Leaves elliptic, elliptic-oblong to spatulate, occasionally narrowly ovate, 1-3.5 cm long, 0.2-0.9 cm wide, upper surface sparsely mealy pubescent to glabrate, lower surface densely mealy pubescent, margins irregularly and remotely repand-dentate, sometimes upper ones entire.
Flowers unisexual (and the plants monoecious), in axillary clusters. Fruiting bracts thick and fleshy, reddish-tinged to red, connate ca. 1/2 their length, rhombic, 4-6 mm long, apex with a large triangular tooth, sometimes also with a few smaller lateral teeth.
Seed black or dark brown, 1.5-2 mm long.
2n = 18.