Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Atriplex elegans, Wheelscale Saltbush

Scientific Name: Atriplex elegans
Common Name: Wheelscale Saltbush
Also Called: Wheelscale Saltbush, Wheelscale, White-scale Saltbush; (Spanish: Chamizo, Cenizo)
Family: Chenopodiaceae, Goosefoot Family (now as sub-family Chenopodioideae in the Amaranthaceae Family).
Synonyms: (Atriplex thornberi, Atriplex elegans var. thornberi)
Status: Native
Duration: Annual or rarely Perennial.
Growth Form: Forb/herb;
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North America & US County Distribution Map for name.

U.S. Weed Information: No information available. In North America species can be weedy or invasive according to the following authoritative sources: Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1999. Invasive plant list. Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, Florida; Weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states: a field guide, Weeds of the Northeast, Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains, Weeds of the United States and Canada, and Weeds of the West. Plants included here may become weedy or invasive.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No information available. In North America species is listed as a Noxious Weed by the federal government and/or a State. Plants included here are invasive or noxious.
Wetland Indicator: No information available. In North America species has the following wetland designations: Arid West, FACU; Great Plains, UPL; Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast FACU.
FACW = Facultative Wetland, usually occur in wetlands, but may occur in non-wetlands
FAC = Facultative, occur in wetlands and non-wetlands
FACU = Facultative Upland, usually occur in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands
UPL = Obligate Upland, almost never occur in wetlands
OBL = Obligate Wetland, almost always occur in wetlands
Threatened/Endangered Information: No information available. In North America species

Genus Information: In North America there are x species and x accepted taxa overall for genus. Worldwide, The Plant List includes x accepted species names and a further x scientific names of infraspecific rank for the genus.

In the Southwestern United States: Arizona has x species of genus, California has x species, Nevada has x species, New Mexico has x species, Texas has x species, Utah has x species. All data is approximate and subject to taxonomic changes.

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has been used for food and traded by southwestern United States indigenous peoples. See complete listing of ethno-botanical uses at Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed:
Kearney, Thomas H., Peebles, Robert H., 1960, Arizona Flora, University of California Press, Berkley and Los Angeles, California.
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed )

The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed ).

Native Plant Information Network, NPIN (2013). Published on the Internet (accessed 08/30/2017). Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas, Austin, TX.
Gary I. Baird, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 19, 20 and 21 | Asteraceae | Agoseris, Page 323, 324, 331, 332, ; Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford.
SEINet synonyms, scientific names, geographic locations, general information, (accessed 08/30/2017).