Coast Saltbush (Atriplex cinerea)


Male Coast Saltbush flowers
Male Coast Saltbush flowers

 

Female Coast Saltbush flowers
Female Coast Saltbush flowers

 

Coast Saltbush (Atriplex cinerea) is a saltbush thats only found on the coast. It likes to grow near the high tide mark. It’s about the only saltbush that likes this position.

The interesting thing about this saltbush is that its male and female flowers are very different. The male are in round clusters along spikes. They are a cream colour, drying to brown. Female flowers are green and are located where the leaves meet the stem.

Coast Saltbush is a spreading shrub, up to 1 metre high, with leaves that have a white powdery look due to small, shiny patches.

 

Small, shiny patches on the leaves are a distinguishing feature of Coast Saltbush
Small, shiny patches on the leaves are a distinguishing feature of Coast Saltbush

 

Coast Saltbush is my favourite saltbush for salads and snacks. The leaves are crisp and a touch salty – I love the salty tang of it raw in salads.

There are other edible saltbushes on the Saltbushes page.

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