Atriplex leucophylla

(Moquin-Tandon) D. Dietrich

Syn. Pl. 5: 536. 1852.

Common names: Whiteleaf orach
Basionym: Obione leucophylla Moquin-Tandon in A. P. de Candolle and A. L. P. P. de Candolle, Prodr. 13(2): 109. 1849
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 366. Mentioned on page 325, 367.

Herbs, prostrate (decumbent or procumbent), many branched, 1.5–6 dm, somewhat woody below, coarse, white scurfy. Leaves many, sometimes crowded; blade orbiculate to ovate or ovate-lanceolate to elliptic or oblong, 8–40 × 4–18 mm, base obtuse or rounded, white scurfy. Staminate flowers in dense terminal spikes. Pistillate flowers in few-flowered, axillary clusters. Fruiting bracteoles not compressed, 5–7 mm, faces usually with wartlike projections, scurfy. Seeds dark red-brown, 2.5–3 mm.

Phenology: Flowering spring–fall.
Habitat: Sea beaches, along coasts, at higher elevation inland
Elevation: 0-30 m


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Calif., Mexico (Baja California).


Atriplex leucophylla occurs with Potentilla, Camissonia, Ambrosia, Cakile, and Calystegia.

Selected References


Lower Taxa