Atriplex elegans

(Moquin-Tandon) D. Dietrich

Syn. Pl. 5: 537. 1852.

Common names: White-scale saltbush wheelscale orach
WeedyIllustrated
Basionym: Obione elegans Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 113. 1849
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 364. Mentioned on page 365.

Herbs, annual (or sometimes perennial?). Stems ascending or procumbent to erect, stramineous or whitish, simple or much branched at base, obtusely angled in age, mainly 0.5–4.5 dm, slender or stout, scurfy to glabrate. Leaves many, subsessile or shortly petiolate; blade elliptic to spatulate, oblanceolate, oblong, or obovate, 5–30 (–35) × 2–8 (–12) mm, base cuneate to attenuate, margin entire or irregularly dentate, densely scurfy abaxially, usually green and glabrate adaxially. Staminate flowers with 3–5-parted perianth. Pistillate flowers intermixed with staminate in small axillary clusters. Fruiting bracteoles subsessile or short stipitate, orbiculate, strongly compressed, 2–4 mm and as wide, united except at thin margin, margin dentate, terminal teeth often prominent, faces smooth or with cristate appendages (thornberi phase). Seeds brown, 1–1.5 mm wide.

Distribution

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Ariz., Calif., N.Mex., Nev., Tex., Utah, n Mexico

Discussion

Varieties 2 (2 in the flora).

Selected References

None.

Key

1 Fruiting bracteole margin dentate to incised, teeth 0.5-1 mm; bracteole not especially samaralike; s California e to Texas, and Mexico (Chihuahua, Sonora) Atriplex elegans var. elegans
1 Fruiting bracteole margin finely toothed, teeth 0.3-0.5 mm; bracteole appearing samaralike; s Cali- fornia and w Arizona Atriplex elegans var. fasciculata

"dm" is not declared as a valid unit of measurement for this property.

... more about "Atriplex elegans"
Stanley L. Welsh +
(Moquin-Tandon) D. Dietrich +
slippery +
aromatic +
subsessile +, sessile +  and monomorphic +
cuneate +  and attenuate +
broadest +
Obione elegans +
3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br /> (3.5 cm35 mm <br />0.035 m <br />) +
0.8 cm8 mm <br />0.008 m <br /> (1.2 cm12 mm <br />0.012 m <br />) +
0.5 cm5 mm <br />0.005 m <br /> (3 cm30 mm <br />0.03 m <br />) +
elliptic +  and spatulate oblanceolate oblong or obovate +
2mm;8mm +
persistent +  and deciduous +
reddish-brown +, black +, brown +  and green +
0 +  and 1/2 +
cuneate +  and ovate or obovate +
3-5-parted +
White-scale saltbush +  and wheelscale orach +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, N.Mex. +, Nev. +, Tex. +, Utah +  and n Mexico +
with cristate appendages +  and smooth +
tuberculate +  and smooth +
pistillate +  and staminate +
rarely +  and lacking +
unisexual +  and bisexual +
not +  and connate +
enlarged +
bladderlike +
terminal +  and axillary +
petiolate +  and subsessile +
deciduous +  and persistent +
stipitate +, short +  and subsessile +
dentate +  and entire +
glabrate +  and scurfy +
compressed +  and orbiculate +
inferior +, half-inferior +  and superior +
crassinucellate +  and bitegmic +
campylotropous +
1 +  and single +
persistent +  and deciduous +
3-5-parted +
papery +  and chartaceous +
bulbous +  and taprooted +
fusiform +
fleshy +  and fibrous +
verrucate +  and striate +
flattened +
0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br /> (0.15 cm1.5 mm <br />0.0015 m <br />) +
Weedy +  and Illustrated +
cylindric +
3 (?) +  and 5 (?) +
branched +  and simple +
opposite +  and alternate +
whitish +  and stramineous +
erect +  and ascending +
stout +  and slender +
succulent +
sessile +  and petiolate +
reduced;small +
horizontal +  and vertical +
verrucate +
Atriplex sect. Obione +
Atriplex elegans +
Atriplex subsect. Arenariae +
species +
dicotyledonous +
decumbent-ascending;erect +