Taxon  Report   12003 
Salsola australis  R. Br.
Russian thistle
Salsola australis
© 2014 Gary McDonald
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Salsola australis
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Salsola australis
© 2008 Keir Morse
Salsola australis, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.
It is an invasive plant. The California Invasive Plant Council classifies its potential impact on native ecosystems as limited (plant profile / CalWeedMapper).

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Salsola australis
© 2004 James M. Andre
Genus: Salsola
(many plant communities)
Habitat: disturbed [Walker]
Wetlands:Usually occurs in non wetlands, but occasionally found in wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2
PLANTS accepted name: Salsola tragus
Alternate Names:
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TJM2: Kali australis
TJM2: Salsola kali ssp. pontica
TJM2: Salsola kali var. tenuifolia
More information about  Salsola australis
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2017. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Aug 16, 2017).

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