Shrub or forb to 30cm tall, sprawling or prostrate. Leaves flat, 0.8-3cm long, scaly and hairy, margins entire to toothed, flat or wavy. Flowers small (less than 3mm across), male and female flowers on the same plant, solitary or in clusters at the bases of the leaves. Fruiting body with 1-6 spine-like appendages on each face. Endangered Vic.
Description (page 244), photo (page 245) and line drawing of fruiting body (Fig. 44-26 page 242) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales
PlantNET description with line drawing of fruiting body and photos: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Atriplex~spinibractea