Atriplex elegans var. elegans

Illustrated
Synonyms: Atriplex elegans var. thornberi Atriplex thornberi
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 364. Mentioned on page 365.

Stems 0.5–4.5 dm. Fruiting bracteoles sessile, orbicular but not especially samaralike, compressed, (2–) 3–4 mm, united to beyond middle, margin dentate to incised, teeth 0.5–1 mm. Seeds 1–1.5 mm.


Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Saline creosote bush scrub, deserts
Elevation: below 800 m

Distribution

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Ariz., Calif., Nev., N.Mex., Tex., Utah, n Mexico (Chihuahua), n Mexico (Sonora)

Discussion

The faces of the fruiting bracteoles are typically smooth, but in some plants of southern Arizona especially the faces bear a single sub-basal crest, or more commonly paired crests alongside the bracteole median. The cristae rise and fall not only within populations but on individual plants, as pointed out by H. M. Hall and F. E. Clements (1923), and apparently lack taxonomic value. A sterile collection from Brewster County, Texas (B. H. Warnock 409-T), has long-attenuate leaf bases, the expanded portion of the blade spatulate-oblanceolate to oval. It is tentatively placed here, but might represent some species from south of the Mexican border.

Specimens of the “thornberi” phase, collected by Thornber, are present at UC: Santa Cruz Valley, Tucson, 16 Aug 1910, J. J. Thornber s.n., 2 sheets. At least some portion of the material by Thornber is possibly the type material for var. thornberi, but there is no indication on the sheets that they were seen by Jones.

Selected References

None.

Lower Taxa

None.

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

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 +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, Nev. +, N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Utah +, n Mexico (Chihuahua) +  and n Mexico (Sonora) +
below 800 m +
with cristate appendages +  and smooth +
tuberculate +  and smooth +
pistillate +  and staminate +
rarely +  and lacking +
unisexual +  and bisexual +
not +  and connate +
enlarged +
Saline creosote bush scrub, deserts +
bladderlike +
terminal +  and axillary +
petiolate +  and subsessile +
deciduous +  and persistent +
stipitate +, short +  and subsessile +
dentate +  and entire +
glabrate +  and scurfy +
dentate +  and incised +
samaralike +  and sessile +
0.2 cm2 mm <br />0.002 m <br /> (0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br />) +
compressed +  and orbicular +
0.3 cm3 mm <br />0.003 m <br /> (0.4 cm4 mm <br />0.004 m <br />) +
inferior +, half-inferior +  and superior +
crassinucellate +  and bitegmic +
campylotropous +
1 +  and single +
persistent +  and deciduous +
3-5-parted +
papery +  and chartaceous +
Flowering spring–fall. +
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 />) +
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 elegans var. thornberi +  and Atriplex thornberi +
Atriplex elegans var. elegans +
Atriplex elegans +
variety +
0.05 cm0.5 mm <br />5.0e-4 m <br /> (0.1 cm1 mm <br />0.001 m <br />) +
dicotyledonous +
decumbent-ascending;erect +