|Fourwing Saltbush (Atriplex canescens)|
DESCRIPTION: 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.