Syn. Pl. 5: 536. 1852.
Herbs, prostrate (decumbent or procumbent), many branched, 1.5–6 dm, somewhat woody below, coarse, white scurfy. Leaves many, sometimes crowded; blade orbiculate to ovate or ovate-lanceolate to elliptic or oblong, 8–40 × 4–18 mm, base obtuse or rounded, white scurfy. Staminate flowers in dense terminal spikes. Pistillate flowers in few-flowered, axillary clusters. Fruiting bracteoles not compressed, 5–7 mm, faces usually with wartlike projections, scurfy. Seeds dark red-brown, 2.5–3 mm.
Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sea beaches, along coasts, at higher elevation inland
Elevation: 0-30 m
Calif., Mexico (Baja California).
Atriplex leucophylla occurs with Potentilla, Camissonia, Ambrosia, Cakile, and Calystegia.