Black Roly-poly, Spiny Roly-poly, Dark Roly-poly.
Sclerolaena muricata var. semiglabra, Bassia quinquecuspis.
Up to 1.5m.
Presence in Australia
Common west of the Olympic Highway.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, Vic, SA.
A wide range of soils and vegetation types, including low-lying areas subject to occasional inundation.
Hemispherical, sometimes short-lived perennial herb to about 1.5m high with hairy branches.
Often on overgrazed or overstocked land, on heavier soils.
Rarely grazed by stock and can cause problems during shearing.
Shade and shelter
Provides protection for other plants to establish beneath it.
Colonises bare soil such as scalds, collects soil around it.