Taxon  Report   7296 
Salsola tragus  Nelson
Prickly russian thistle,  Russianthistle, Tumbleweed
Salsola tragus
© 2009 Neal Kramer
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Salsola tragus
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Salsola tragus
© 2008 Keir Morse
Salsola tragus, 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 tragus
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Family: CHENOPODIACEAE  
Genus: Salsola
Community:
(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 + JM93
Alternate Names:
(according to)

PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. ruthenica
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tenuifolia
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tragus
PLANTS: Salsola ruthenica
TJM2 + PLANTS: Salsola iberica
TJM2: Salsola kali var. tenuifolia
TJM2 + PLANTS: Salsola pestifer
More information about  Salsola tragus
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website references from Google

Photos and ID tips from PlantID.net

UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

USDA PLANTS Profile (SATR12)

Original Publication citation (ITIS)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)


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]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: May 05, 2016).

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