Atriplex argentea cornuta (M.E.Jones) M.E.Jones
Atriplex asterocarpa Stutz, G.L.Chu & S.C.Sand.
Atriplex caput-medusae Eastw.
Atriplex cornuta M.E.Jones
Atriplex expansa cornuta (M.E.Jones) M.E.Jones
Atriplex saccaria caput-medusae (Eastw.) S.L.Welsh
Atriplex truncata saccaria (S.Watson) M.E.Jones
Obione saccaria (S.Watson) Ulbr.
Common Name: Sack Saltbush
Atriplex saccaria is an erect, annual plant with stems 5 - 40cm tall that are usually branched from the base - the plant gorming a rounded clump[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
No member of this genus contains any toxins, all have more or less edible leaves. However, if grown with artificial fertilizers, they may concentrate harmful amounts of nitrates in their leaves.
South-western N. America - Wyoming, south to Arizona and New Mexico
Mat-atriplex, shadscale, greasewood, and pinyon-juniper communities, on fine-textured saline substrates; at elevations from 1,100 - 2,200 metres[
Species in this genus generally succeed in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[
]. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils[
Although normally monoecious, plants are sometimes dioecious.
Leaves and young plants - cooked[
] and used as greens[
]. A salty flavour.
Seed - cooked. Used in piñole or ground into a meal and used as a thickener in making bread or mixed with flour in making bread.
Seed - sow mid spring in situ[
]. Germination is usually rapid.