Fruiting bodies on stem. Australian Plant Image Index, photo: Murray Fagg, Oakden Hills, SA

Fruiting bodies and leaves. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Shrub. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Black Bluebush, Shrubby Bluebush, Sago Bush




Shrub or perennial forb to 1.5m tall.  Often spiny branches.  Leaves succulent, alternating up the stems, 0.2-0.6cm long, flat to flattened cylindrical, hairy.  Male and female flowers frequently on different plants.  Flowers tiny (less than 3mm across), solitary a the bases of the leaves.  Fruiting body green to yellow, brown to black when dry, with a single hairless horizontal wing with 0-1 radial slit.  Upper nad lower body of the fruiting body hairy.

Description and photo (page 273) and line drawing of fruiting body (Fig. 47-24 page 271) in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales

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