2229.000 Atriplex L. - Saltbush, Orache

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, subshrubs, or shrubs; often covered with bladderlike hairs, that later collapse and form a silvery, scurfy or mealy surface, rarely with elongate trichomes. Leaves alternate, or rarely opposite, petiolate or sessile, often persistent or tardily deciduous; lamina flat or slightly fleshy; margins entire or toothed, or lobed and very variable in shape. Inflorescence consists of axillary or terminal spikes or spicate panicles, or axillary clusters of glomeruled flowers. Flowers are unisexual, some species are monoecious, others dioecious. Male flowers consist of 3-5 perianth lobes; female flowers usually lack a perianth, but are enclosed by 2 foliaceous bracteoles. Fruit an achene, enclosed by and united with 2 erect bracteoles. Seeds flattened, leathery.

Worldwide: 250-300 species almost worldwide.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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amboensis SchinzBW

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Flora of Botswana: Atriplex
Flora of Mozambique: Atriplex
Flora of Zimbabwe: Atriplex

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Atriplex
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Atriplex
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Atriplex
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Atriplex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Atriplex

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Atriplex.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=520, retrieved 18 January 2020

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