Atriplex subdecumbens M.E.Jones
Obione truncata Torr. ex S.Watson
Common Name: Wedgescale Saltbush
Atriplex truncata is an erect annual plant producing a branched, sometimes unbranched, stem 20 - 80cm tall, occasionally to 100cm[
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.
Western N. America - southern British Columbia to California.
Saline saltgrass-greasewood-rabbitbrush communities, and other pans or palustrine or lacustrine habitats; at elevations from 400 - 2,700 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[
Leaves and young plants - cooked. 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.