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Atriplex cordulata
  

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About Heartscale (Atriplex cordulata) Atriplex cordulata is a species of saltbush known by the common names heartscale and heart-leaf orache. It is endemic to the Central Valley and its San Joaquin Valley of California, where it grows in areas of saline and alkaline soils. Heart-leaf orache is an annual herb producing one or more erect stems to heights between 10 and 50 centimeters. The branches are scaly gray and have woolly fibers toward the ends. The gray scaly leaves are no bigger than 1. 5 centimeters long and most have heart-shaped bases. Heart-leaf orache is an annual herb producing one or more erect stems to heights between 10 and 50 centimeters. The branches are scaly gray and have woolly fibers toward the ends. The gray scaly leaves are no bigger than 1. 5 centimeters long and most have heart-shaped bases. The plant has male and female inflorescences which are small hard clusters of flowers. The reddish brown seeds are about 2 millimeters wide.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.6 ft (0.1 - 0.49 m)

Flower Color
Red, Brown

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
4' - 353'

Annual Precip. ?
6.2" - 23.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 0.60"

Coldest Month ?
48.2° F - 51.9° F

Hottest Month ?
72.4° F - 77.9° F

Humidity ?
1.35 vpd - 25.47 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Heart-leaf Orache


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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