SIA0516: Fourwing Saltbush

Common Name:Atriplex canescens
Plant Species:Rhus microphylla
Plant Symbol:ATCA2
Photographer:Calvin J. Hamilton
Copyright:© 2003 Rosanna Hamilton
Location:Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico

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Stiffly branched and 1 - 1.5 meters in height, this shrub is named for its winged fruits which are dispersed by the wind. A very hardy plant which can occupy almost any habitat from sea level to 8000 feet elevations, it is nutritionally important to browsing animals.

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