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Useful Tropical Plants

Rhagodia parabolica

R.Br.

Amaranthaceae


It has been proposed by Fuentes-Bazan, S. Et al. 2012 'Towards a species level tree of the globally diverse genus Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae)' in Molec. Phylogenet. Evol. 62:372 that the genus Rhagodia should be merged with the genus Chenopodium. This has not as yet (2015) been fully accepted and so, for the time being, we are continuing to use Rhagodia. If the changes are accepted, then this species will become Chenopodium parabolicum (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch[
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Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
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+ Synonyms

Chenopodium parabolicum (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch

Rhagodia reclinata Cunn. ex Moq.

Common Name: Mealy Saltbush

Rhagodia parabolica
Fruiting stem
Photograph by: Charles Strebor
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General Information

Mealy saltbush is an evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall.
The edible leaves are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Australia - South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland.

Habitat

Poor soils of the semi-arid zones, also in areas of higher rainfall.

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
HabitEvergreen Shrub
Height3.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Mainly found in warm temperate areas, the plant does just find its way into the tropics.
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.

Edible Uses

Young leaves - cooked. A salty flavour, the leaves contain up to a third by weight of salt[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. The salt can be removed by briefly boiling the leaves in a couple of changes of water[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
]. The leaves are tender and palatable after 1 hours boiling[
144
Title
Wild Food in Australia.
Publication
 
Author
Cribb. A. B. and J. W.
Publisher
Fontana
Year
1976
ISBN
0-00-634436-4
Description
A very good pocket guide.
].

The small red fruits are probably edible[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within a week, prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts.

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