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Threatened species

Dysphania plantaginella - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Dysphania plantaginella
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 01 Nov 2022


Annual herb with prostrate or ascending stems to about 20 cm high. Leaves elliptic, to about 20 mm long, rounded at the tip, sparsely hairy. Flowerhead a spike-like arrangement of dense, small compact clusters, about 10-15 cm long. Seeds rounded, about 0.5 mm long, smooth, reddish-brown, falling enclosed within the flower segments with stalk attached. Plants are pungent-smelling.


Found in both coastal and inland areas of Australia but confined to the south-western plains of NSW. It has been recorded there from Marlow Station NNW of Conoble railway siding.

Habitat and ecology

  • Grows in sandy areas, either coastal or on the margin of waterholes and inland salt lakes. Also grows in disturbed sites, including the strandline of previous water levels on the side of the gypsum mine at Marlow Station, among old rabbit warrens, on roadsides and even in the middle of tracks on red sandy soils. Interstate habitats include river banks, moist edges of a saline lake, dry river beds, flood channels and open depression on sandplains.
  • Associated species include Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus microtheca, Acacia stenophylla, Nitraria billardierei and Spinifex.
  • Flowering times are January to April, August and September. Also said to flower and fruit from June to September.
  • The species is usually common in populations, however it has also been recorded occurring as single plants.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Known None
Other StateSA Known None