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Yanga Bush

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Scientific Name:Maireana brevifolia (syn. Kochia brevifolia)
Photo: Yanga Bush
Photograph courtesy of
Viridans Biological Databases (external link)

Other Common Names:

Short-leaf Bluebush, Cottonbush


Native to inland parts of all mainland Australia.

Plant Description:

Shrub to about 1 m high, with slender often reddish branches which are sparsely woolly, with tufts of wool in the leaf
axils. Leaves alternate, scattered, fleshy, obovoid to almost threadlike, 2 – 5 mm long, narrowing into a short stalk, mostly hairless. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils. Fruiting body hairless, tube shallowly hemispherical, about 2 mm diameter with 5 horizontally overlapping wings, 2 – 3 mm long, with delicate brown veins. Flowering mainly summer – autumn.


On a wide range of soils, in many vegetation communities, often in saline situations.

Mallee, Loddon MurrayS0, S1, S2W0, W1, W2


Very drought tolerant and will withstand some stock browsing. Yanga Bush belongs to the Bluebushes, of which 22 species occur in Victoria. Most species grow in dry Mallee environments but some species prefer depressions and drainage lines and a few (e.g.
Rosy BluebushMaireana erioclada) display some salt tolerance. A plant, which can grow under saline conditions, with a similar fruiting structure to the Bluebushes is the naturalised and widespread Buckbush (Salsola tragus) but this species has sharp prickly leaves
Related Links
  • Plants of the Murray Valley - images - Yanga bush (external link)
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