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Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
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Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)

General: Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia), or simply Shadscale, generally is a rounded shrub with gray-green glandular stems and leaves. Twigs are stiff and tipped with a spine. The seeds have two wings.

Shadscale often is a common or dominant component of shrubs communities on alkaline and saline soils in the Upper Sonoran (Mojave Desert Scrub) life zone. When dominant, this species forms the basis for the Shadscale Scrub vegetation type.

Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae).

Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Stems and leaves with fluffy hairs
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Stiff, spiny twigs
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Stems and leaves with fluffy hairs
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Stems and leaves with fluffy hairs
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Fruit with two wings
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Fruit with two wings
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)
Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia) Shadscale Saltbush (Atriplex confertifolia)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate. Names generally follow the USDA database.
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