Atriplex fasciculata S.Watson
Atriplex saltonensis Parish
Atriplex thornberi (M.E.Jones) Standl.
Obione elegans Moq.
Obione radiata Torr.
Common Name: Wheelscale Saltbush
Photograph by: Pompilid
Atriplex elegans is an annual (occasionally perennial?) plant with ascending or procumbent stems that can be much-branched at the base or without branches; it grows 5 - 45cm 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, Nevada and Utah, south to northern Mexico and Texas.
Saline creosote bush scrub, alkaline flats, valley grasslands and deserts; at elevations from 70 - 1,000 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 soups and stews, or mixed with cereal flours to enhance their nutritional value when making bread, biscuits, cakes etc. The seeds are about 1 - 1.5mm wide[
Seed - sow mid spring in situ. Germination is usually rapid.