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Granite Mtn - Tr 345
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Watson Lake
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Lonesome Valley
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Lonesome Valley
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Watson Lake
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Plant Description

Origin: Native  Similar Species: Atriplex polycarpa
General Description: Semi-evergreen. Mound-like shrub, woody throughout, stems stout, much branched and drought-deciduous. Has deep roots that help with erosion control.
Identification notes: Woody. Leaves narrow, oblong, not stemmed, grayish-green. Fruits 4-winged. Male and female flowers on separate plants; male flowers yellow less than 1/8 inch wide on branched flower stalks; female flowers on branched 15-inch long flower stalks.
Height: Up to 8 feet     Width: 8 feet


Habitat

Habitat Description: Found on sandy or gravelly soils, from desert scrub to pinon-juniper communities.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland
Elevation: 0 - 7100 feet


Flowers

Color: Yellow   Shape: Inconspicuous in elongated clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: Apr - Oct
Description: Male and female flowers on separate plants; male flowers yellow (rarely brown), borne on elongated and branched flower stalks; female flowers lack sepals, borne on elongated and branched flower stalks.


Leaves

Leaf Color: Gray-green   Type: Simple   Shape: Narrow   Margin: Smooth   Attachment: Alternate   Hairs: Top and bottom of leaves
Description: Gray-green and narrow to 2 inches long, sessile (attached directly to the branches). The species canescens means covered with short gray or white hairs.


Fruit

Color: Light green to pale brown   Type: Winged   Description: Burlike seeds are encased in 4 papery pale green wing-like bracts to 1/2 inch wide. Bracts dry to a pale brown.


Bark/Branches

Bark Color: Gray to brownish   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Heavily branched older stems can become very irregularly furrowed.
Spines, thorns or prickles: N

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