Taxon  Report   7296 
Salsola tragus  L.
Prickly russian thistle,  Russianthistle, Tumbleweed
Salsola tragus
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
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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. Cal-IPC rating: Limited

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Salsola tragus
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Genus: Salsola
(many plant communities)
Habitat: disturbed
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. ruthenica
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tenuifolia
PLANTS: Salsola kali ssp. tragus
PLANTS: Salsola ruthenica
ICPN + PLANTS: Salsola iberica
ICPN: Salsola kali var. tenuifolia
ICPN + PLANTS: Salsola pestifer
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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Sep 20, 2018).

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