Einadia sp. in Black Hill and Morialta Conservation Parks

Einadia nutans ssp nutans
Einadia nutans
Black Hill Conservation Park

CHENOPODIACEAE

Einadia nutans
climbing saltbush

Einadia comes from two Greek words, ein meaning one, and andros meaning male, a reference to the solitary stamen in the flower.

This plant was previously known as Rhagodia nutans.

Very widely distributed across South Australia.

These plants are low growing perennials which have distinctive leaves and fruit. Viewing the photos on this page will show leaves that are rounded, and others that are lance shaped.

Einadia nutans ssp nutans
Einadia nutans 11 Dec 2001
Black Hill Conservation Park

There are three sub-species, the narrow leaved spp. eremaea; narrow-leaved and oval fruited subsp. oxycarpa; and the one that we have in our parks with narrow leaves and depressed globular fruit, subsp nutans.

Einadia nutans is not on the plant list for Horsnell Gully Conservation Park.

Fire response
Research is continuing with this species, but it is thought that the primary method of surviving a fire event is through germination of seed. The seeds are long lived and are widely dispersed. There is reasonable confidence that a population will survive a fire event, but may not colinise new areas due to competition from other species. As the entire population re-establishes from seed after a fire event, it follows all plants would be of the same age, and could be vulnerable to further fire until seed set occurs.

Einadia nutans ssp nutans
Einadia nutans
Black Hill Conservation Park

 

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