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Cabeza Prieta Natural History Association
Sonoran Desert Plants
Atriplex polycarpa (Desert saltbush, Allscale Saltbush, chamiso cenizo)

Ajo Peak at Night


 Atriplex polycarpa

 Atriplex polycarpa

 Atriplex polycarpa

 Atriplex polycarpa

 Atriplex polycarpa

Habitat: valleys
Life Form: shrub,low
Leaf Description: alternate simple small linear
Flower Color: greenish or green
Flowering Period: Summer
Spines: spineless
Family: Amaranthaceae (amaranth family)
Abundance: common,widespread
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S., S. Rutman, and J. Malusa. 2014. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of Southwestern Arizona: Part 8. Eudicots: Acanthaceae to Apocynaceae. Phytoneuron 2014-85, 1-71 page 32 (8.5 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Atriplex polycarpa (opens in a new tab).






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