Calflora
Taxon  Report   7296    
Salsola tragus  L.
Prickly russian thistle,  Russianthistle, Tumbleweed
Salsola tragus
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Salsola tragus
© 2017 Ron Vanderhoff
Salsola tragus
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Salsola tragus, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Salsola tragus
© 2017 Ron Vanderhoff
Family: CHENOPODIACEAE  
Genus: Salsola
Communities: (many plant communities)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. ruthenica
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tenuifolia
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tragus
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More information about  Salsola tragus
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (SATR12)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 18, 2018).

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