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 spinescens (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch[
Chenopodium spinescens (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch
Rhagodia deltophylla (F.Muell.) A.J.Scott
Common Name: Spiny Saltbush
Spiny saltbush is an intricately branched, often spiny, evergreen shrub growing up to 3 metres tall.
The edible leaves and fruit are sometimes harvested from the wild for local use.
Australia - all mainland states.
Dried river beds in sandy clay and clay soils[
Mainly found in warm temperate areas, the plant does just find its way into the tropics. It is usually found in drier areas.
Requires a sunny position and a well-drained soil.
The plant responds well to trimming[
Young leaves - cooked. A salty flavour[
Fruit - raw. Sweet and palatable[
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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