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Parish's Brittlescale
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Atriplex parishii

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About Parish's Brittlescale (Atriplex parishii) Atriplex parishii is an uncommon species of saltbush known by the common names Parish's saltbush and Parish's brittlescale. It is native to central and southern California where it can occasionally be found along the immediate coastline, and the Channel Islands. Its distribution extended historically into the western edges of the Mojave Desert and Baja California and it may still exist there. This is a plant of saline and alkaline soils, such as those on dry lakebeds and ephemeral vernal pools. There are five varieties of the plant, each growing in a separate and disjunct region of the species' distribution; some varieties are known only from the Central Valley.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
7.9 in (20.1 cm)

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
30' - 1602'

Annual Precip. ?
5.6" - 20.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.13" - 0.79"

Coldest Month ?
46.8° F - 57.6° F

Hottest Month ?
72.3° F - 86.2° F

Humidity ?
1.07 vpd - 37.09 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Parish's Saltbush

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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