Nature conservation

Threatened species

A saltbush - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Atriplex infrequens
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Vulnerable
Profile last updated: 18 Aug 2022


Small spreading forb, with numerous branches covered with a minute scaly layer. The leaves are narrow, to 15 mm long. The flowers are clustered or solitary in the leaf axils (the angle where the leaves join the stem). The fruiting body is compressed and membranous with a dense covering of short soft hairs. The fruiting bracteoles (leaf-like structures) are small, diamond-shaped, lobed, about 2 mm long and occasionally have 1 or 2 small, tooth-like appendages.


Confined to the NSW far western plains. North western records recorded from east of Tibooburra, south east of Brewarrina and near Wilcannia with isolated collections from the Pooncarie area in the south. Also recorded in 1917 in South Australia.

Habitat and ecology

  • Flowering time has not been recorded, however seeding is recorded in December.
  • Population structure and disturbance regimes are not known.
  • Atriplex infrequens is associated with broad drainage tracts, clay flats and possibly occasionally inundated habitats. Very little ecological information is available for this species so its critical habitat components can only be speculated as relatively undisturbed and ungrazed drainage lines and flats.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Brigalow Belt SouthMoonie-Barwon Interfluve Predicted None
Brigalow Belt SouthNarrandool Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexBarrier Range Outwash Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexMootwingee Downs Predicted None
Broken Hill ComplexScopes Range Predicted None
Channel CountryBulloo Known None
Channel CountryBulloo Dunefields Predicted None
Channel CountryCentral Depression Predicted None
Channel CountryCore Ranges Predicted None
Channel CountrySturt Stony Desert Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBarnato Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainBoorindal Plains Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainCanbelego Downs Predicted None
Cobar PeneplainNymagee Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsBogan-Macquarie Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsCastlereagh-Barwon Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsCulgoa-Bokhara Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsLouth Plains Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsMenindee Known None
Darling Riverine PlainsWarrambool-Moonie Predicted None
Darling Riverine PlainsWilcannia Plains Known None
Mulga LandsCuttaburra-Paroo Predicted None
Mulga LandsKerribree Basin Predicted None
Mulga LandsNebine Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo Overflow Predicted None
Mulga LandsParoo-Darling Sands Predicted None
Mulga LandsUrisino Sandplains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Plains Predicted None
Mulga LandsWarrego Sands Known None
Mulga LandsWest Warrego Predicted None
Mulga LandsWhite Cliffs Plateau Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
Simpson Strzelecki DunefieldsStrzelecki Desert Predicted None