Atriplex parryi

S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 17: 378. 1882

Common names: Parry’s saltbush
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 378. Mentioned on page 330, 377.
Shrubs, dioecious, mainly 2–5 dm, armed. Leaves, short petiolate to sessile; blade orbiculate-cordate, or ovate-deltate to elliptic, 7–16(–22) × 6–10(–16) mm, base truncate or tapering, entire or less commonly subhastate. Staminate flowers in glomerules on interrupted, leafy paniculate spikes. Pistillate flowers in small glomerules borne in leafy, paniculate spikes. Fruiting bracteoles sessile or nearly so, truncate-flabelliform, 3–4 × 3–5 mm, thick and rigid, spongy, united to beyond middle, margin entire, faces smooth. Seeds brown, 1.3–1.9 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Saline, fine-textured soils
Elevation: 60-1500 m

Discussion

Atriplex parryi occurs with greasewood, saltbush, saltgrass, and Nitrophila. The cordate-clasping, sessile leaves and spiny branches distinguish this species from its nearest congeners.

References

None.

Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.