A native plant of Australia, the Tall Saltbush (Rhagodia eremaea) is found across the Western Australian rangelands and through Central Australia. Formerly listed under Chenopodium eremaeum.

A tall saltbush species, it has silvered grey-green leaves, in a branched scrambling shrub form, especially when under the canopy of taller protective plants. The leaves are 2 cm long by 1 cm wide, have a spear-head shaped and are sometimes lobed at the base. The short waxy hairs on the leaves is what give the tall saltbush its silver appearance. It is thought that the male and female flowers are produced on separate plants, with the female plant forming clusters of red berries.

Like most berries found in the arid regions, the fruit of the Tall Saltbush is seen as an important resource for honeyeaters of the arid zone.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Phylum: Tracheophyta
  • Class: Magnoliopsida
  • Superorder: Caryophyllanae
  • Order: Caryophyllales
  • Family: Chenopodiaceae
  • Genus: Rhagodia
  • Species: R. eremaea
  • Binomial name: Rhagodia eremaea
  • Synonyms: Chenopodium eremaeum

Footnote & References

  1. Anne Urban, Wildflowers & Plants of Inland Australia, 2001, Genus Rhagodia, p49