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Chenopodium parabolicum[1] (Syn. Rhagodia parabolica), commonly known as fragrant saltbush or mealy saltbush, is a shrub in the family Amaranthaceae. The species is native to Australia.

Chenopodium parabolicum
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Chenopodium parabolicum (left plant)
Scientific classification
C. parabolicum
Binomial name
Chenopodium parabolicum

Rhagodia parabolica R.Br.

Chenopodium parabolicum.

The species was formally described in 1810 in Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae by botanist Robert Brown.[2] In 2012, after phylogenetical research, it was reclassified as a species of Chenopodium, and assigned the name Chenopodium parabolicum (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch.[1]

The species occurs in South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.[3]


  1. ^ a b Susy Fuentes-Bazan, Guilhem Mansion, Thomas Borsch: Towards a species level tree of the globally diverse genus Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae). In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol. 62, No. 1, 2012, ISSN 1055-7903, p. 372, DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.006
  2. ^ "Rhagodia parabolica". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  3. ^ Jacobs S.W.L. "Rhagodia parabolica R.Br". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 13 April 2012.