Taxon  Report   12003    
Salsola australis  R. Br.
Russian thistle
Salsola australis
© 2017 James Bailey
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Salsola australis
© 2018 Josie Bennett
Salsola australis
© 2001 Jeff Abbas
Salsola australis, a dicot, is an annual herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Salsola australis
© 2017 James Bailey
Genus: Salsola
Communities: (many plant communities)

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Kali australis
ICPN: Salsola kali ssp. pontica
ICPN: Salsola kali var. tenuifolia
More information about  Salsola australis
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


Search (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:   (Accessed: Dec 16, 2018).