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|Family: Chenopodiaceae||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
|Genus: Salsola||View Description||Dichotomous Key|
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Salsola tragus L.
Habit: Annual < 1.5 m, glabrous to bristly; when dead readily breaking at base, generally tumbling. Stem: branched from base, branches wiry, longitudinally ribbed, generally red-striped. Leaf: opposite to alternate below, deciduous, alternate above, 8--52 mm; in age leathery, upper leaf bases widening, base margin translucent, tip sharp-pointed to spiny, fused with opposite bract or not. Inflorescence: bract surrounding fruit, +- cylindric, spiny, in age broad, thick, lower margin wing +- 0.5 mm, translucent. Flower: sepals 2--5 mm, tips not stiff; anthers 0.6--1.3 mm. Fruit: generally persistent; 2.9--8.4 mm diam including wings; wings 5, opaque, veins dark to pale, margins minutely toothed to unevenly scalloped (smooth), largest generally centrally notched, smallest linear to blunt-elliptic, sides +- parallel. Chromosomes: 2n=36(54).
Ecology: Common. Disturbed places; Elevation: < 2800 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA; Distribution Outside California: to eastern North America, Mexico; native to Eurasia. Flowering Time: Jul--Oct Note: Extremely variable in habit, coloration, sepal wing shape, etc. Hybridizes with Salsola paulsenii.
Unabridged Synonyms: Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch.; Salsola kali L. var. tenuifolia Tausch; Salsola pestifer A. Nelson
Unabridged Note: Most common in GV, CW, MP, SW, SNE, D; uncommon or rare elsewhere, generally as a waif.
eFlora Treatment Author: G. Frederic Hrusa
Jepson Online Interchange
Previous taxon: Salsola soda
Next taxon: Stutzia
Citation for this treatment: G. Frederic Hrusa 2017. Salsola tragus, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_IJM.pl?tid=43032, accessed on January 19, 2017.
Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora, http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/IJM.html, accessed on January 19, 2017.