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South Coast Saltscale
Atriplex pacifica

About South Coast Saltscale (Atriplex pacifica) Atriplex pacifica is a species of saltbush known by the common names Davidson's saltbush, South Coast saltbush, and Pacific orach. It is native to the coastline of Southern California, including the Channel Islands, and Baja California, where it grows in saline habitat on the immediate coastline, such as beach bluffs. It is an uncommon plant, chiefly because much of its native habitat has been drastically altered.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

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

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
0' - 2825'

Annual Precip. ?
8.1" - 34.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.15" - 0.60"

Coldest Month ?
39.9° F - 57.4° F

Hottest Month ?
63.7° F - 80.9° F

Humidity ?
1.16 vpd - 29.22 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Davidson's Saltbush, Pacific Orach, Pacific Saltbrush, South Coast 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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