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Atriplex polycarpa

Atriplex polycarpa (Torr.) S. Watson

Allscale Saltbush, Cattle Saltbush, Cattle Spinach, Desert Saltbush

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Desert shrub communities, mainly in fine-textured saline substrates.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

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


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

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