Silverscale==Wedgescale==Silver Orach - Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)  Atriplex argentea
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Top of Leaf
top of leaf
Bottom of Leaf
underside of leaf

Stem and buds
stems and flowers


Photo Details
September 11, 2006, Draper City, Salt Lake County, Utah
1. top of leaf
2. bottom of leaf
3. stem and buds

Annual weed grows to 3 feet tall.  Leaves are arrow shaped and are covered with tiny silvery/white scales.  The stems are also covered with these scales.  Female and male flowers are separate but on the same plant.  The flowers are in the joints of the leaves and in a spike at the top of the stems.

For photos of butterfly that uses this plant as a host plant, click on
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