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Atriplex semibaccata
Australian saltbush, berry saltbush, creeping saltbush

Distribution: Occasionally introduced in eastern and central WA; scattered localities primarily in southwestern US.

Habitat: Disturbed areas from dry to moist, tolerant of alkaline soils.

Flowers: April-September

Origin: Introduced from Australia

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Monoecious, unarmed, perennial herbs or sub-shrubs, prostrate to decumbent, the stems 0.5-8 dm. tall and up to 15 dm. across the plant, white-scurfy when young.


Leaves many, alternate, obovate to elliptic, 5-30 mm. long and 2-9 mm. wide, the base tapered, the margins entire to remotely dentate, the tip obtuse.


Staminate flowers in small, terminal, leafy-bracteate clusters 1.5 mm. wide; pistillate flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters in most leaf axils.


Fruiting bracteoles fleshy and red at maturity, sessile, strongly veined.

Accepted Name:
Atriplex semibaccata R. Br.
Publication: Prodr. 406. 1810. 1810.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Atriplex flagellaris Wooton & Standl.
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Atriplex semibaccata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Atriplex semibaccata checklist entry

OregonFlora: Atriplex semibaccata information

E-Flora BC: Atriplex semibaccata atlas page

CalPhotos: Atriplex semibaccata photos

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