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Useful Temperate Plants

Atriplex tatarica

L.

Amaranthaceae

+ Synonyms

Atriplex arazdajanica Kapeller

Atriplex campestris W.D.J.Koch & Ziz

Atriplex diffusa Ten.

Atriplex graeca Willd.

Atriplex incisa M.Bieb.

Atriplex lehmanniana Bunge

Atriplex multicolora Aellen

Atriplex olivieri Moq.

Atriplex pamirica Iljin

Atriplex pruinosa Sieber ex Boiss.

Atriplex rosea subintegra C.A.Mey.

Atriplex tornabenei Tineo

Atriplex veneta Willd.

Chenopodium tataricum (L.) E.H.L.Krause

Obione graeca Moq.

Schizotheca tatarica (L.) Čelak.

Teutliopsis tatarica (L.) Čelak.

Common Name:

Atriplex tatarica
Flowering plants, probably cultivated in a private driveway in Saratov, Russia. The plant in the background is wild marijuana (Cannabis sativa ruderalis), which has been decriminalized when grown in small quantities.
Photograph by: Le.Loup.Gris
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General Information

Atriplex tatarica is a much-branched annual plant forming a tangled or spreading mass of gowth 20 - 100cm tall, occasionally to 150cm[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of potash. It is said to have potential for use in medicine.
The plant has become naturalized as a weed, especially in temperate regions of the Americas

Known Hazards

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.

Botanical References

50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
,
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.

Range

Eurasia - Germany to Spain, east to Western Siberia, Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan the Levant; N. Africa - Morocco to Egypt

Habitat

Saline and alkaline deserts, sometimes also found in field margins and wet plains in the Gobi Desert[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Properties

Weed PotentialYes
Edibility Rating *  *
Medicinal Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.80 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Species in this genus generally succeed in full sun in any well-drained but not too fertile soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Most species in this genus tolerate saline and very alkaline soils[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
A polymorphic species[
50
Title
Flora Europaea
Publication
 
Author
?
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
1964
ISBN
-
Description
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for Europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Edible Uses

Leaves and young plants - cooked. An emergency food, only used when all else fails[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

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. The small seed is 1.5 - 2.5mm in diameter[
266
Title
Flora of China
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/china/
Publisher
Missouri Botanical Garden Press; St. Louis.
Year
1994
ISBN
 
Description
An excellent, comprehensive resource in 25 volumes. In addition to the botanical information the flora also gives basic information on habitat and some uses. An on-line version is also available.
].

Medicinal

The plant is of interest in its medicinal applications[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
]. No more information is given

Other Uses

The plant is used as a source of potash[
74
Title
Flora of the USSR.
Publication
 
Author
Komarov. V. L.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Israel Program for Scientific Translation
Year
1968
ISBN
-
Description
An immense (25 or more large volumes) and not yet completed translation of the Russian flora. Full of information on plant uses and habitats but heavy going for casual readers. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed - sow mid spring in situ[
134
Title
Growing from Seed. Volume 2.
Publication
 
Author
Rice. G. (Editor)
Publisher
Thompson and Morgan.
Year
1988
ISBN
-
Description
Very readable magazine with lots of information on propagation. An interesting article on Ensete ventricosum.
]. Germination is usually rapid.
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