Prickly Russian Thistle syn. Tumbleweed
Salsola tragus
 Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoot Family)

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russian thistle


leaves and flowers


Photo Details

1. Tumble Weeds/ Russian Thistle - Salsola kali - at Jericho Sand Dunes, Millard County, Utah - 4933 feet, October 7, 2006

August 28, 2006, Veterans Memorial Park, Utah County, Utah
2. Plant alongside other weeds
3. Close-up of stem, leaves and flowers

Usually about two to four feet tall.  Non-native - Annual.  Stems sometimes show a vertical reddish stripe. Leaves and bracts  form  into short leaves tipped with spines. The tiny flowers are pink.
For photos of butterfly that uses this plant as a host plant, click on Western Pygmy Blue - Brephidium exile

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