Atriplex triangularis Willd.
=Atriplex patula ssp. hastata
Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)
North America & Eurasia
Annual, simple to much-branched, glabrous or slightly mealy, the lower
branches widely divergent, 3-10 dm. long; lvs. green, broadly triangular-to
ovate-hastate, often dentate, 3-8 cm. long; infl. interrupted-spiciform, only
the lower glomerules with leafy bracts; fruiting bracts rhombic-oval, green,
truncate or broadly rounded at base, 2-5 mm. long, mostly smooth, united at
base; seed 1-2 mm. long.
Common in moist saline places along the coast and in interior valleys;
Alkali Sink, Coastal Salt Marsh; to B.C., Atlantic Coast.
June-Nov. Below 300 m.
Atriplex, the ancient Latin name. (Munz,
Flora So. Calif. 352).
Latin, patulus, spread out and Latin, hastatus,
spear-shaped. (Jaeger 116, 184). Latin,
tri, three and angularis, corner. (Jaeger
19,270). Triangularis, having three corners, referring to the triangle shaped
leaves. (my comment).
Very common in the study area. Photographed
on the Castaway's Beach, North Star Beach and at 23rd Street.
(my comments). May be used as a substitute for
spinach. The leaves have a natural
salt content that blends well with a little lemon.
Palatable raw but is best cooked without salt as a potherb.
(Clarke 166). There are both staminate and pistillate
flowers occurring on the same plant, either together or in separate spikes.
The staminate flowers have 3 to 5 sepals and 5 stamens; the pistillate
has a single pistil surrounded by a pair of bracts.
(Robbins et al. 145).
The 1925 Jepson describes 29 species of Atriplex
as occurring in California. (Robbins et al. 142).
The 1993 Jepson describes 53 species, subspecies and varieties of Atriplex occurring
in California. (my comment). A
beige dye can be made from the stems. (lecture
by Charlotte Clarke, author of Edible and
Useful Plants of California,
A. patula ssp. patula
misapplied. (Hickman, Ed. 505).
Hickman, Ed. 505; Munz, Calif.
Flora 375; Munz, Flora So. Calif.
357; Robbins et al. 143.
July 1 83 # 10; Sept 1 83 # 5; May 1 84 # 8.
Identity: by R. De Ruff,
confirmed by G. Marsh.
First Found: July 1983.
Computer Ref: Plant Data 216.
Have plant specimen.
Last edit 6/7/04.
June Photo April Photo