Desert holly is a type of saltbush.
Identification: This bush has a thickened, woody base, and is 12-59" (30-150 cm) high. It has silvery green leaves and twisted leaves with multiple pointed tips, like holly. Leaves are ⅜-1½" (1-4 cm) long, with teeth up to ⅜" (1 cm). The fruits, enclosed in modified leaves, are red-brown, and look a bit like holly berries. Flowers are yellow to purple-brown, in spikes up to 1" (3 cm) long.
Atriplex hymenelytra at the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association (great photos)
Atriplex hymenelytra at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Atriplex hymenelytra on Wikimedia Commons
Atriplex hymenelytra on CalPhotos
Atriplex hymenelytra on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Atriplex hymenelytra from the Jepson Manual
Atriplex hymenelytra description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.