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Atriplex asterocarpa

Atriplex asterocarpa Stutz, G.L. Chu & S.C. Sand.

Chinle Saltbush, Starbract Orach, Starbract Orache

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot family)

Synonym(s): Atriplex saccaria var. asterocarpa

USDA Symbol: ATAS2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 1 foot tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Habitat: Fine-textured, saline (frequently semibarren) substrates of the Chinle and Entrada formations.

Web Reference

Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) 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 Atriplex asterocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Atriplex asterocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Atriplex asterocarpa


Record Modified: 2020-10-28
Research By: CBR

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