Atriplex agrestis Schur
Atriplex amana Post
Atriplex angustifolia Sm.
Atriplex erecta Huds.
Atriplex hastata patula (L.) E.Pons
Atriplex hastilifolia Rchb. ex Steud.
Atriplex macrodira Guss.
Atriplex nemorensis Schur
Atriplex oblongifolia patula (L.) Westerl.
Atriplex polymorpha Coss., Germ. & Wedd.
Atriplex procumbens S.B.Jundz.
Atriplex recta Schur
Atriplex salina Desf.
Atriplex verreauxii Moq.
Atriplex virgata Scop.
Chenopodium angustifolium (Sm.) E.H.L.Krause
Chenopodium zosterifolium Hook.
Obione angustifolia (Phil.) Ulbr.
Schizotheca patula Fourr.
Common Name: Spreading Orach
Atriplex patula is a usually erect, annual plant with a branched stem 30 - 90cm tall[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
The plant has spread as a weed and become naturalized in temperate regions of New Zealand, North and South America.
Most reports say that no member of this genus contains any toxins and that all have more or less edible leaves. However, one report says that if very large quantities are eaten they can cause photosensitivity[
]. If plants are grown with artificial fertilizers they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.
Eurasia - Norway to Portugal, through northern Asia to eastern Siberia, through Ukraine to the Caucasus, through Turkey to Afghanistan and the Levant
Waste and arable land near the coast[
], it is usually found on clays and heavy ground[
]. Roadsides, waste ground, riverbanks, and weed-infested places generally[
|Pollinators||Wind, Insects, Self
Succeeds in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[
]. Prefers a rich soil. Tolerates saline and very alkaline soils[
Young leaves - raw or cooked as a spinach substitute[
]. A fairly bland flavour, a few leaves of stronger-flavoured plants can be added to enhance the taste[
Seed - ground and mixed with cornmeal or used to thicken soups etc[
]. Small and very fiddly to harvest and use[
The seeds, harvested when just ripe, are said to be as efficacious as ipecacuanha as a laxative[
Seed - sow mid spring in situ[
]. Germination is usually rapid.