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Creeping Saltbush - Atriplex prostrata

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Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
Monoecious annuals with nearly glabrous foliage. Stems erect or ascending, 10–100 cm, branched from the base. Leaf blades 2–10 cm long, triangular with basal lobes and entire to toothed margins. Inflorescence terminal, short spikes of glomerules. Male flowers 4- to 5-parted. Female flowers lacking a calyx; pistillate bracts distinct. Mature pistillate bracts glabrous, triangular, 3–5 mm long. Barren, moist, saline soil along streams, wetlands; plains. Introduced across much of temperate N. America (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Range Comments
In MT only known from one collection in Carbon County; native to Eurasia, introduced into much of temperate North America (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1

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  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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