Atriplex longipes Drejer
long-stalked orache
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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© Frank Lomer     (Photo ID #29309)


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Distribution of Atriplex longipes
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Species Information

Annual herb from a taproot; stems procumbent to erect, several, branched, 30-90 cm tall/long.
Lower leaves alternate, lanceolate to diamond-shaped, with basal lobes, entire to shallowly toothed, green; upper leaves green above and below.
Inflorescence of terminal or axillary spikes or panicles; smaller bracteoles triangular, fused at the base, green, 5-10 mm long; larger bracteoles triangular, leafy at the tip, 2.5-3.0 cm long, some of these with stalks 5-20 mm long.
Membranous pericarps; seeds erect.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Moist to mesic marine shorelines in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Surrey and White Rock; introduced from Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Atriplex nudicaulis Boguslaw

Taxonomic Notes

"The genus Atriplex, commonly called orache, atriplex or saltbush, of the family Chenopodiaceae (the goosefoot family), comprises nearly 200 species. The genus has a worldwide distribution, occurring on all continents except Antarctica. Most of the species are halophytes of coastal or inland saline habitats; a few are widespread ruderals of disturbed ground." (Bassett et al. 1983).


Bassett, I. J., C. W. Crompton, J. McNeill and P. M. Taschereau. 1983. The genus Atriplex (Chenopodiaceae) in Canada. Monograph #31, Agriculture Canada, Ottawa.