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Atriplex gardneri (Moq.) D. Dietr.
Gardner's sagebrush
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Atriplex gardneri var. gardneri

Species Information

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Perennial semishrub with a woody base; stems erect or spreading, freely branched, 10-60 cm tall.
Leaves alternate, narrowly spoon-shaped to oblong, 2-5 cm long, 2-12 mm wide, narrowed gradually to a short stalk or sometimes unstalked, densely greyish-scurfy, usually smooth margined.
Inflorescence of axillary or terminal, leafless spikes or panicles; pistillate bracteoles irregularly toothed and smooth to pimply, 3-7 mm long, lanceolate to elliptic or rounded.
Membranous pericarps; seeds erect, about 2 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

USDA Species Characteristics

Flower Colour:
Blooming Period:
Late Summer
Fruit/Seed characteristics:
Colour: Brown
Present over the Fall
Source:  The USDA

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy slopes in the montane zone; rare in NE BC, known only from Clayhurst Crossing, Peace River; E to SK and S to ID, CO, UT, NM and AZ.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Additional 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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Atriplex buxifolia Rydb.
Atriplex gordonii Hook.
Atriplex nuttallii S. Watson
Atriplex nuttallii subsp. buxifolia (Rydb.) H.M. Hall & Clem.
Atriplex nuttallii subsp. gardneri (Moq.) H.M. Hall & Clem.

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