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Atriplex semibaccata  R. Br.
Australian saltbush
Atriplex semibaccata is a perennial herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: moderate
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Genus: Atriplex
Family: Chenopodiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Wetlands:
Arid West: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Communities: wetland-riparian, many plant communities

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
JEFAtriplex flagellaris
Information about  Atriplex semibaccata from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Australia native, invasiveness: Atriplex semibaccata (Australian saltbush) is a low-statured, spreading, shrubby perennial (family Chenopodiaceae) that is native to Australia. It is distinguished by its small, grey-green leaves that are white on the underside and red, diamond-shaped fleshy fruits. Australian saltbush was introduced as a forage plant in the 1920?s. Since then, it has escaped cultivation and is now invasive in coastal grasslands, scrub habitat, and the higher ground of salt marshes, where it can form dense stands and displace native plants. Australian saltbush has become an alternate host plant for the pygmy blue butterfly since its introduction into North America. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/19/2024).