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Australian Saltbush

Atriplex semibaccata


This is a low-growing shrub that was introduced into the US Southwest as a forage food for cattle. It is now considered an invasive weed. It produces tiny red berries that can be eaten and are indeed salty.


I purposely planted this bush in my urban, semi-arid garden because it attracts and nourishes Plebejus butterflies (see last picture and previous spotting

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Ava T-B
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Ava T-B

San Diego, California, USA

Spotted on Oct 12, 2015
Submitted on Dec 3, 2018

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