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Sonoran Desert Plants
Atriplex polycarpa (Desert saltbush, Allscale Saltbush, chamiso cenizo)

Crater Range


 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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