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Taxon: Atriplex canescens (Pursh) Nutt.

Genus: Atriplex
Family: Chenopodiaceae subfamily: Chenopodioideae tribe: Chenopodieae. Also placed in: Amaranthaceae
Nomen number: 6000
Place of publication: Gen. N. Amer. pl. 1:197. 1818
Name verified on: 28-Apr-2012 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 28-Apr-2012
Species priority site is: National Arid Land Plant Genetic Resources Unit (PARL).
Accessions: 93 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • Caleb saltbush   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Atriplex canescens var. laciniata]
  • four-wing saltbush   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – English
  • giant four-wing saltbush   (Source: CPC Nat Coll []) – English   [Atriplex canescens var. gigantea]
  • Lynndyl saltbush   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Atriplex canescens var. gigantea]
  • Salton saltbush   (Source: F NAmer ) – English   [Atriplex canescens var. macilenta]
  • shadscale   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • cenizo   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – Spanish
  • chamere   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • chamizo   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • chamiso   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – unknown
  • chamiza   (Source: Hortus 3 ) – unknown

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (for rangeland restoration fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (for rangeland restoration fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Animal food: forage   (for livestock and big-game browse fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 2001)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Kingsbury)

Distributional range:

      Native: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Northern Africa: Egypt


  • Bassett, I. J. et al. 1983. The genus Atriplex in Canada. Monogr. Res. Branch Canada Dept. Agric. 31:60–64.
  • Beatley, J. C. 1976. Vascular plants of the Nevada test site and central-southern Nevada.
  • Boulos, L. 1999–. Flora of Egypt.
  • Englert, J. M. et al. 1999–. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America.
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Harrington, H. 1954. Manual of the plants of Colorado.
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California.
  • Hitchcock, C. L. et al. 1955–1969. Vascular plants of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Kearney, T. H. & R. H. Peebles. 1969. Arizona flora, ed. 2.
  • Kingsbury, J. M. 1964. Poisonous plants of the United States and Canada.
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey Hortorium. 1976. Hortus third.
  • McNeill, J. et al. 1983. Taxonomic and nomenclatural notes on Atriplex L. (Chenopodiaceae). Taxon 32:553–554.
  • Munz, P. A. & D. D. Keck. 1959. A California flora.
  • Munz, P. A. 1974. A flora of southern California.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Standley, P. C. 1920. Trees and shrubs of Mexico. Contr. U.S. Natl. Herb. 23:1-1721.
  • Stutz, H. C. 1975. The holotype of Atriplex canescens is not A. canescens; or is it? Proc. Utah Acad. Sci. 52:65.
  • Welsh, S. L. & C. Crompton. 1995. Names and types in perennial Atriplex Linnaeus (Chenopodiaceae) in North America selectively exclusive of Mexico. Great Basin Naturalist 55:324.
  • Welsh, S. L. & G. Moore. 1973. Utah Plants.
  • Welsh, S. L. et al. 1987. A Utah flora. Great Basin Naturalist Mem. 9.


Check other web resources for Atriplex canescens (Pursh) Nutt.:


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