San Jacinto Valley Crownscale
(Atriplex coronata var. notatior )
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).
Habitat: Alkaline flats, playas, valley and foothill grassland, vernal pools. Elevation 1216 - 1600 feet.
Flowering Period: Blooms April - August.
Status: Federal Endangered, California Native Plant Society List 1B