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Aeolian Chenopod Shrublands

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Open shrubland dominated by chenopods



Shrubs and vines

Maireana pyramidata, M. sedifolia, M. georgei, Rhagodia spinescens, Enchylaena tomentosa, Atriplex limbata, with scattered emergents of Casuarina pauper, Atalaya hemiglauca, Acacia aneura and Flindersia maculosa in the northern reaches of the distribution

Forbs, graminoids and pteridophytes

Dissocarpus paradoxus, Austrostipa nitida, A. scabra, A. elegantissima, Sclerolaena obliquicuspis, Eragrostis dielsii Atriplex spongiosa, A. lindleyi, Einadia nutans, Sida corrugata, S. intricata, Olearia pimelioides, Chenopodium cristatum, Daucus glochidiatus, Erodium cicutarium, E. cygnorum, Zygophyllum ammophilum, Z. crenatum, Pycnosorus pleiocephala, Rhodanthe floribunda, R. moschata, R. pygmaea, Myriocephalus stuartii


Calcareous red sandy loams on level to undulating aeolian sandplains and lunettes


Extensive on aeolian sandsheets of south-western NSW, primarily south from Ivanoe-Menindee to Balranald-Wentworth, with scattered occurrences north to White Cliffs. Extends into north-west Vic and SA.


An extensive group of assemblages with floristic affinities to Semi-arid sandplain woodlands and Gibber chenopod shrublands.


Beadle (1948); Scott (1992); Porteners (1993); Pickard & Norris (1994)

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