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Allenrolfea occidentalis (Iodinebush)
Juett, William

Allenrolfea occidentalis

Allenrolfea occidentalis (S. Watson) Kuntze

Iodinebush, Pickleweed

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

Synonym(s): Halostachys occidentalis

USDA Symbol: ALOC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Succulent, hairless, highly branched shrub; woody below.

This plant, a member of the goosefoot family and relative of the glassworts, tolerates salty soils by taking up salt into plant tissues.


From the Image Gallery

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Utricle.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


USA: AZ , CA , ID , NM , NV , OR , TX , UT
Native Distribution: Oregon and Idaho south and east to California and Texas.
Native Habitat: Salt flats, saline areas, playa margins.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Allenrolfea occidentalis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Allenrolfea occidentalis in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Allenrolfea occidentalis


Record Modified: 2022-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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