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Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)
fourwing saltbushDESCRIPTION: Shrub to 8'. Plant is dioecious with female plants bearing many seeds inside 4 winglike bracts; flowers are very small and yellowish. Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot) Family.
NATURAL HISTORY: Flowers bloom July to August. As the name suggests, saltbush can tolerate salty soils by excreting salts out its leaves, giving its leaves a salty taste. Seeds and foliage eaten by wildlife and humans. Uses C4 photosynthesis, improving its use of water and allowing more rapid photosynthesis under the intense, desert sun.

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