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Atriplex torreyi

Atriplex torreyi (S. Watson) S. Watson

Torrey's Quailbush, Torrey's Saltbush

Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot family)

Synonym(s): Atriplex lentiformis ssp. torreyi, Atriplex lentiformis var. torreyi


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


USA: AZ , CA , NV , UT
Native Habitat: Mainly in saline substrates, in mixed mesquite, creosote bush, greasewood, rabbitbrush, shadscale, saltgrass, saltbush, and blackbrush communities.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


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

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