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Watson Lake
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Lonesome Valley
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Reed Rd, Chino Valley
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Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Semi-evergreen. A small to large multi-stemmed and heavily branched shrub. Most wide spread species of Atriplex in the United States. Has deep roots that help with erosion control.
Height: 5 feet     Width: 8 feet


Habitat

Plant Communities: Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 2000 - 8000 feet

Similar Species: Atriplex polycarpa


Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Jul - Aug
Description: Pale, yellow, tiny, inconspicuous in clusters along the stems.


Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Gray-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: N
Description: Gray-green and narrow to 2 inches long.
Spines: N


Fruit Characteristics

Color: Light Green to Pale Brown   Type: Winged   Description: Pale green to brown and burlike seeds encased in 4 papery light green wing-like bracts to 1/2 inch wide. Bracts dry to a pale brown.


Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray to Brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Heavily branched older stems can become very irregularly furrowed.

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