Taxon  Report   996    
Atriplex patula  L.
Fat hen,  Fathen saltweed, Spear orache, Spear oracle
Atriplex patula
© 2011 Jean Pawek
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Atriplex patula
© 1999 Beatrice F. Howitt California Academy of Sciences
Atriplex patula, a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Atriplex patula
© 2011 Jean Pawek
Genus: Atriplex
Communities: Coastal Salt Marsh, Coastal Strand, Alkali Sink, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: coastal, salt-marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. bracteata
PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. erecta
PLANTS: Atriplex patula var. japonica
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More information about  Atriplex patula
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 18, 2019).