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Stutzia covillei

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About Leafcover Saltweed (Stutzia covillei) Atriplex phyllostegia is a species of saltbush known by the common names arrowscale, leafcover saltweed, and Truckee orach. It is native to the western United States from California to Utah, where it grows in meadow bottoms and areas with saline soils such as dry or ephemeral lakes. This is an annual herb with a mainly erect branching green stem growing up to 40 centimeters tall. The distinctive leaves are fleshy and diamond or arrowhead-shaped and 1 to 4 centimeters long. The plant is generally monoecious, although some individuals bear only female flowers. Male and female flowers appear in the leaf axils, and the male flowers are sometimes borne in spikelike flower clusters. The female flower clusters are enclosed in leafeoles which may be up to 2 centimeters long and resemble the leaves.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.33 - 1.3 ft (0.1 - 0.4 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Saline meadows, flats


Elevation ?
70' - 7029'

Annual Precip. ?
4.2" - 12.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.30"

Coldest Month ?
28.7° F - 55.0° F

Hottest Month ?
60.2° F - 84.2° F

Humidity ?
1.37 vpd - 37.96 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Atriplex covillei

Common Names
Truckee Orach, Arrowscale

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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