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Sonoran Desert Plants
Salsola tragus (Russian thistle,tumbleweed,chamizo volador)

Coffee Pot Mountain


 Salsola tragus

 Salsola tragus

Habitat: disturbed areas
Life Form: forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate simple
Flower Color: greenish or green
Flowering Period: summer
Spines: spine tipped leaves
Family: Amaranthaceae (amaranth family)
Abundance: introduced,common
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 42 (8.5 MB pdf)

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