Atriplex linearis

S. Watson

Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 24: 72. 1889.

Common names: Slenderleaf saltbush
Synonyms: Atriplex canescens subsp. linearis (S. Watson) H. M. Hall & Clements Atriplex canescens var. linearis (S. Watson) Munz
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 381. Mentioned on page 330, 380.

Shrubs dioecious, erect, mainly 10–25 dm; branchlets slender, terete. Leaves sessile; blade narrowly linear-elliptic, 10–50 × 2–3 mm, firm, revolute, often acute apically. Staminate flowers in glomerules borne in slender interrupted mostly paniculate spikes. Pistillate flowers paniculate or in few-flowered axillary glomerules. Fruiting bracteoles sessile or subsessile, lanceolate to ovate, 4–6 mm, about as wide, each bract with a pair of thin wings 3 mm broad or less, irregularly dentate or laciniate, free tips of bracts much exceeding the wings. 2n = 18.


Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Saline deserts, with shadscale, Canotia, Yucca, Opuntia, Rhus, and Eriogonum
Elevation: 0-800 m

Distribution

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Ariz., Calif., nw Mexico (Baja California), nw Mexico (Sonora)

Discussion

Specimens of Atriplex canescens var. macilenta resemble A. linearis. The taxa have been placed together by some previous workers. Nevertheless, the stems of A. linearis are consistently more slender, the leaves proportionally narrower, and the bracts, though smaller, more closely simulate those of A. canescens. Its diploid nature signals a different evolutionary pathway than that for most of A. canescens, considered broadly. Narrow leaves occur within A. canescens, in the broad sense, sometimes with geographic correlation, sometimes not.

Selected References

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Lower Taxa

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wingless +  and winged +
Stanley L. Welsh +
S. Watson +
slippery +
aromatic +
Undefined subg. Pterochiton +  and Atriplex sect. Deserticola +
1 cm10 mm <br />0.01 m <br /> (5 cm50 mm <br />0.05 m <br />) +
2mm;3mm +
subsessile +  and sessile +
persistent +  and deciduous +
lanceolate +  and ovate +
reddish-brown +, black +, brown +  and green +
3-5-parted +
Slenderleaf saltbush +
Ariz. +, Calif. +, nw Mexico (Baja California) +  and nw Mexico (Sonora) +
0-800 m +
pistillate +  and staminate +
in few-flowered axillary glomerules +  and paniculate +
unisexual +  and bisexual +
not +  and connate +
enlarged +
Saline deserts, with shadscale, Canotia, Yucca, Opuntia, Rhus, and Eriogonum +
bladderlike +
terminal +  and axillary +
deciduous +  and persistent +
not winged +  and winged +
entire +  and serrate +
toothed +  and lobed +
stipitate +  and sessile +
inferior +, half-inferior +  and superior +
crassinucellate +  and bitegmic +
campylotropous +
1 +  and single +
laciniate +  and dentate +
persistent +  and deciduous +
(1-)3-5-lobed +
papery +  and chartaceous +
Flowering spring–fall. +
Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts +
pointing +  and ascending +
sublateral +  and superior +
bulbous +  and taprooted +
fusiform +
fleshy +  and fibrous +
verrucate +  and striate +
flattened +
cylindric +
slender +
3 (?) +  and 5 (?) +
opposite +  and alternate +
succulent +
sessile +  and petiolate +
reduced;small +
horizontal +  and vertical +
verrucate +
Atriplex canescens subsp. linearis +  and Atriplex canescens var. linearis +
Atriplex linearis +
Atriplex subg. Pterochiton +
species +
spicate +  and naked +
spicate +  and naked +
tuberculate +
dicotyledonous +
perennial +  and annual +