Atriplex polycarpa

Cattle spinach

  • Height:   3 ft - 5 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   shrub
  • Flower Size:   minute
  • Flower Type:   inconspicuous
  • Bloom Type:   spring
  • Flower Color:   green
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Salt Tolerance:   high
  • Fire Resistant / Low Fuel:   TRUE
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   214,900

Taxon report data from Calflora

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Atriplex polycarpa

Common Name:Cattle spinach

Atriplex polycarpa, a angiosperm, is a shrub that is native to California.

US Distribution:beyond CA but confined to w. North America
Plant Community(s):Creosote Bush Scrub, Shadscale Scrub, Sagebrush Scrub, Alkali Sink

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Merced, Mono, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare, Ventura

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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