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San Jacinto Valley Crownscale
(Atriplex coronata var. notatior )
Chenopodiaceae

San Jacinto Valley Crownscale; Photo Copyright 2001 Barry Du Bois
Photo Copyright 2001 Barry Du Bois

Description: Annual herb 4 - 12 inches (1-3dm) tall and branched. Stems 1-few from base, generally erect, and gray becoming straw colored. Leaves pear to elliptic (eye) shaped, whitish, crowded, and 1/4 - 3/4 inches (5-20mm) long. Female inflorescence has spherical and bumpy fruit bracts, 3/16 inch (4.5-5mm) long, and 1/8 - 3/16 inch (3-5mm) wide. Seed is dark brown 1/16 inch (1-1.5mm).

Distribution:

Habitat: Alkaline flats, playas, valley and foothill grassland, vernal pools. Elevation 1216 - 1600 feet.

Flowering Period: Blooms April - August.

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Status: Federal Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B

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Field Office: Palm Springs


 
Last updated: 08-05-2010