1917R. MarlothDict. of Common Names of Plants 72Salt-bush. Atriplex Halimus. A valuable fodder-shrub of brackish Karoo lands. Several Australian species introduced, suitable in similar localities, e.g., A. halimoides and A. semibaccata (low spreading), also A. nummularia (tall).
1931H.D. LeppanAgric. Policy 42Where the [salt] concentration is slight, some of the more tolerant crops. e.g., sorghums, cotton and salt bushes may be grown.
b. With distinguishing epithet: old man saltbush, also old man’s saltbush, [Australian English old man (attributive) ‘of exceptional size, duration, or intensity’], the plant Atriplex nummularia; oumansoutbos, see soutbos sense b. Also attributive.
1929Farming in S. Afr. Sept. 294 (Swart)There is an ever-increasing demand for the seed of ‘Old man Salt bush’.
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