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.
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
Atriplex tatarica is a much-branched annual plant forming a tangled or spreading mass of gowth 20 - 100cm tall, occasionally to 150cm[
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
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.
Eurasia - Germany to Spain, east to Western Siberia, Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan the Levant; N. Africa - Morocco to Egypt
Saline and alkaline deserts, sometimes also found in field margins and wet plains in the Gobi Desert[
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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[
A polymorphic species[
Leaves and young plants - cooked. An emergency food, only used when all else fails[
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[
The plant is of interest in its medicinal applications[
]. No more information is given
The plant is used as a source of potash[
Seed - sow mid spring in situ[
]. Germination is usually rapid.