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Tumbling Orache - Atriplex rosea
Other Names:  Tumbling Saltweed, Tumbling Saltbush

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Monoecious annuals with farinose foliage. Stems erect, branched, 20–50 cm. Leaf blades 1–5 cm long, ovate to triangular, sometimes hastate with sinuate-dentate margins. Inflorescence terminal and axillary, of short spikes of glomerules. Male flowers 4- to 5-parted. Female flowers lacking a calyx; pistillate bracts united below. Mature pistillate bracts farinose, triangular, 4–5 mm long with dentate margins (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
In MT in several of the western counties, also McCone County; native to Eurasia but widespread across much of temperate N. Amer. (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 25

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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.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Harvey, S.J. 1990. Responses of steppe plants to gradients of water soil texture and disturbance in Montana, U.S.A. Ph.D. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 34 p.
    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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