Taxon  Report   996 
Atriplex patula  L.
Fat hen,  Fathen saltweed, Spear orache, Spear oracle
Atriplex patula
© 2008 Louis-M. Landry
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Atriplex patula
© 2010 Louis-M. Landry
Atriplex patula
© 2011 Jean Pawek
Atriplex patula, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Atriplex patula
© 2008 Louis-M. Landry
Genus: Atriplex
Coastal Salt Marsh, Coastal Strand, Alkali Sink, wetland-riparian
Habitat: coastal, salt-marsh [Walker]
Wetlands:Usually occurs in wetlands, but occasionally found in non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. bracteata
PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. erecta
PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. japonica
TJM2 + PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. patula
TJM2: Atriplex hastata ssp. patula
TJM2: Atriplex hastata var. patula
TJM2: Teutliopsis patula
More information about  Atriplex patula
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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: Apr 24, 2017).

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