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Atriplex verrucifera

Description from Flora of China

Atriplex glauca Pallas (1771), not Linnaeus (1763); Halimione verrucifera (Marschall von Bieberstein) Aellen; Obione verrucifera (Marschall von Bieberstein) Moquin-Tandon.

Subshrubs, 20-50 cm tall. Stems dwarf, woody; branches terete, bark light yellow to gray-brown; annual branches erect or decurrent, ribbed, slightly striate, densely furfuraceous, usually unbranched, or with axillary branchlets shorter than leaves. Leaves opposite (except several leaves beneath inflorescence alternate), shortly petiolate; leaf blade usually suberect, yellow-greenish to silver-gray, rhombic-ovate, or elliptic to obovate-lanceolate, 3-5 × 0.8-2.5 cm, densely furfuraceous on both surfaces, base attenuate, margin entire, apex obtuse or acute. Inflorescences terminal, interrupted panicles. Male flowers: perianth segments 5; stamens 5; ovary rudimentary, cylindric. Fruiting bracts shortly pedicellate, connate almost to apex, subglobose, 2-3 mm in diam., fleshy, both sides with tuberculate appendages. Utricle yellow-brown to brown; pericarp adnate to seed. Seed vertical, compressed, orbicular, 1.5-2 mm in diam. Fl. Jun-Aug, fr. Aug-Sep.

Saline and alkaline wastelands, inter-dunes, roadsides. N Xinjiang [W Mongolia, Russia (W Siberia); C and SW Asia (Iran), S Europe].


 

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