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General: Armed saltbush (Atriplex acanthocarpa) is a native, saline tolerant, evergreen, perennial shrub with a woody root (Correll & Johnston, 1996). It can grow from 3 to 10 dm in height (Everitt & Drawe, 1993). It is a member of the pigweed (Chenopdiaceae) family (Jones, 1982).
Armed saltbush is also known by the common names huaha (Everitt & Drawe, 1993) and tubercled saltbush (USDA 2002) because the bracts of the fruit have many flattened tubercles (Everitt & Drawe, 1993). It is dioecious, having male and female flowers on separate plants (Correll & Johnston, 1996).
Distribution: For current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on the PLANTS Web site.