Atriplex elegans coronata (S.Watson) M.E.Jones
Atriplex vallicola Hoover
Atriplex verna Jeps.
Obione coronata (S.Watson) Ulbr.
Common Name: Crownscale
Atriplex coronata is an erect or decumbent annual plant with a branched stem; it can grow 50 - 60cm tall[
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 - California
Alkaline flats, especially in grassland in California[
]. Alkaline sink scrub, dry lake beds, growing with Atriplex polycarpa and other salt desert shrubs and forbs; at elevations from 50 - 500 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 - cooked[
]. They are boiled as a salty flavouring with other foods[
Seed - 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.