Atriplex canescens (Pursh) Nutt.
Fourwing Saltbush, Four-winged Saltbush
Four-wing saltbush is sometimes described, with tongue in cheek, as an “evergray” bush, owing to its drab appearance. It is a North American native plant.
Identification: These bushes are usually 24-48" (60-121 cm) high, rarely reaching 10' (3 m). Leaves are thin and grayish, almost like needles, but sometimes more oval in shape. They are ½-2" (1.3-5 cm) long. They are salt and drought tolerant. The seeds have an unusual shape, which explains the name “four-wing.” Male flowers are yellow, while female flowers are small and white.
Edibility: Technically, all parts of this plant are edible, but not tasty. Saltbush accumulates salt in its tissues, using the salt to extract moisture from its surroundings.
Atriplex canescens at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Atriplex canescens at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Atriplex canescens on Wildflowers, Ferns & Trees of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah
Atriplex canescens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Atriplex canescens on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Atriplex canescens on CalPhotos
Atriplex canescens on Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness
Atriplex canescens on eFloras
Atriplex canescens description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.