Creeping Saltbush, Berry Saltbush, Australian Saltbush, Diamond Saltbush.
Presence in Australia
Mainly west of the Olympic Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Widespread in drier country.
Prostrate, perennial, small shrub or groundcover with conspicuous red fruits. Forms dense mats.
Tolerates drought and salt.
Extremely hardy. Frequently hybridises with Spiny-fruit Saltbush (A. spinibractea).
Early Jan to mid Feb. Monitor closely as mature seeds shed in 3-14 days. Gather from canvas sheet beneath plants or use portable vacuum cleaner.
From seed or cuttings.
Useful firebreak. Useful for colonising bare areas, scalds, eroding and saline sites.
Forage for dry areas. Good habitat. Small native birds and ants eat berries.
Useful groundcover for gardens beneath other plants, cascading over rocks or walls, on slopes, embankments or road median strips.
Perhaps most readily grazed saltbush, as source of dietary variety or major dietary component.