Photographer: Stephen L. Solheim
Salsola tragus L.
prickly Russian thistle, Russian thistle, tumbleweed
Salsola: from Latin salsus for "salty"
tragus: possibly from Greek tragos, a part of the ear, literally "goat," or from Hieronymous Tragus, the Greek name for Jerome Bock (1498-1554), physician, scholar, and one of the three fathers of German botany
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 1'- 2 1/2' tall forb with many branches; stems hardening in time, breaking and tumbling with the wind|
|Flower: ||greenish, 5-parted, small, no petals; inflorescence of 1 to a few flowers in the upper leaf axils; blooms July-Oct.|
|Fruit:||5-lobed, papery, cup-shaped, prickly|
|Leaf:||very long and thin|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed sites; in sandy soil|