Common Names: Scale, Lenscale, Salt Bush, Saltbrush, Big Saltbrush, Big Saltbush, White-Thistle, Quail-Brush, Quailbush
Lenscale is native to the temperate and tropic regions of North America, but a few species are grown as ornamentals throughout the world because of their attractive greyish foliage. The different Atriplex species are closely related to each other, and consists of annual and perennial weeds and shrubs.
Lenscale is a fast-growing, compact, woody, perennial shrub growing to 0.15-1.52 m in height, but may reach 3 m. The plant is deciduous in arid areas, but tends to be evergreen elsewhere. Numerous slender and wide spreading branches contain grey-green, thickish leaves 1.0-5.0 cm long and 0.5-4.0 cm wide, with a fine, scaly surface.
Lenscale produces inconspicuous yellow flowers in late summer and autumn, from May to August. It is not yet clear whether the flowers are dioecious (plants are male or female) or monoecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but both sexes can be found on the same plant). The plant is wind pollinated and greatly contributes to the pollen loads of arid regions. These plants have the ability to alter their sexual state from one season to the next in response to environmental conditions. Many seeds are borne on bracts and wind dispersed. The fruit and seed mature from September to October.
Lenscale often occurs along seashores and in saline soils, especially in arid regions, and has been used for wind breaks, borders, and range management.
All parts of the plant are edible. Native Americans ground this plants seeds for meal, e.g, to be used for piñole or porridge, and for use as an emetic.
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