Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Salsola tragus L. image
Photographer: Stephen L. Solheim           

Botanical Illustration

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Family Chenopodiaceae
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
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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

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All Salsola list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Salsola australis R.Br.
Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerep.
Salsola kali L. subsp. ruthenica (Iljin) So
Salsola kali L. subsp. tragus (L.) Celak.
Salsola kali L. var. tenuifolia Tausch ex Moq.
Salsola pestifer A.Nelson
Salsola ruthenica Iljin

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