E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Atriplex micrantha Ledeb.
Russian orache (twoscale saltbush)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, branched, 1.0-1.5 m tall.
Lower leaves opposite, upper leaves alternate, stalked or stalkless, triangular, 1-5 cm long, the base arrowhead shaped, smooth or toothed, covered with a whitish mealy substance below but becoming glabrous and greenish on both surfaces above.
Inflorescence of terminal or axillary spikes or panicles; pistillate flowers of 2 kinds, one with small bracteoles and one with large bracteoles, the bracteoles rounded and shortly long-pointed at the base, lacking teeth, 5-6 mm long, veins merging only at the base.
Membranous pericarps; seeds of the small bracteoles black, 1.5 mm long, erect, those of the large bracteoles brown, 2-3 mm long, erect.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides and waste places in the steppe zone; frequent in SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Atriplex heterosperma Bunge

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