Atriplex semilunaris Aellen

Saltbush

Description 1

A bushy, perennial plant that is 20-70 cm high and up to 110 cm wide. Decumbent or erect, yellow stalks that branch from the base. Alternate, spear-shaped leaves that largely wedge at the base. Flowers grouped together in the axils of the upper leaves and in large terminal, spike-shaped inflorescence. The fruit-bearing braceteoles are shield-shaped, rhombic- deltoids and serrated- spinulose.

Biology 1

It probably reaches sexual maturity at a few months of age. It reproduces via seeds. It is quite resistant to salinity and droughts (plant with a C-4 metabolism). It requires well lit environments that are generally warm with clay or sandy soils. Facultative halophile, but not obligate.

Habitat 1

Halophytic coastal stretches, coastal sand, agricultural lands and green areas of anthropic origin. Mainly in ruderalized coastal areas that are fairly salty: roadsides, undeveloped land, places with turned clay and dumping sites. Abandoned croplands (ditches) and gardens. Also in more natural habitats, such as the upper part of beaches.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species and Document sheets of the Exotic Invasive Species Act 630/2013 (GEIB)

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Flora 1

http://www.mapama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_flora.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY-SA), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/1936

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