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Atriplex lentiformis (Torr.) S. Wats.
Big saltbush, Coastal quail bush, Quailbush, Saltbush
USDA Symbol: ATLE
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A widely spreading shrub with can reach 10 ft. in height where the water table is high. The branches are occasionally spiny and the round to somewhat triangular leaves have a scrufy coating lending an olive-green appearance. Greenish flowers occur in profuse, dense, compact panicles and are followed by flattened fruit.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , CA , HI , NV , UT Native Distribution:
S.w. UT & s. NV to AZ & s. CA Native Habitat:
Low, alkaline places USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun Soil Moisture:
Moist CaCO3 Tolerance:
High Heat Tolerant:
Moist to dry, saline soils Conditions Comments:
Can become rather rank and is good only for large areas. Ssp. breweri, native
to the southern coastal region of CA, is similar in appearance and often used for conservation plantings. It requires full sun and dry soils.
Important as wildlife cover and food plants. Use Food:
Used by Native
Americans to flavor food due to salty content. Attracts:
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Increase by seed or softwood cuttings. Optimum germination occurs in darkness with alternating diurnal temperatures.
Seed Collection: Gather by hand when ripe in late summer or fall. Cleaning or dewinging before storage is not necessary although the bracts contain high accumulations of soluble salts which may inhibit germination. Store seed in cloth or paper bags in a dry, cool place. Seeds must undergo a period of after-ripening.
Seed Treatment: Germination of many Atriplex species can be increased by presoaking the fruits and then wringing the water and dissolved salts from the material.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff