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Atriplex parryi
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Parry's Saltbush
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Atriplex parryi

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About Parry's Saltbush (Atriplex parryi) Atriplex parryi is a species of saltbush known by the common name Parry's saltbush. It is native to the deserts and plateaus of eastern California and western Nevada. It is a plant of alkaline and saline soils in habitats such as salt flats, where it grows with other halophytes such as Nitrophila. This is a small, stiff, spiny shrub growing to a maximum height near 50 centimeters. Its scaly, sharp-pointed stems tangle to give the plant a generally rounded form. It is covered densely in small gray-green oval-shaped leaves up to 2 centimeters long. The shrub is dioecious, with individuals producing either male or female flowers. Both flower types are borne in long clusters interspersed with leaves. This species blooms from May to August.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
0.7 - 1.6 ft (0.21 - 0.49 m)

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
198' - 5647'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 8.8"

Summer Precip. ?
0.24" - 1.61"

Coldest Month ?
38.8° F - 59.8° F

Hottest Month ?
68.0° F - 88.1° F

Humidity ?
3.41 vpd - 43.88 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

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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