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Four-Wing Saltbush

Natural History

Four-Wing Saltbush is a member of the Goosefoot Family. The shrub grows to 8 feet in height (though is usually smaller) and has grayish-green, narrow leaves that grow to 2 inches in length. The plant typically grows in sandy, sometimes saline soils at elevations between 2000 - 8000 feet.

Four-Wing Saltbush is a salt tolerant shrub. Its leaves are browsed by deer and antelope, while its seeds are eaten by rodents and birds.

Four-Wing Saltbush blooms between July - August and produces tiny, pale yellow flowers that grow in clusters along its stems. Flowers are followed by a seed encased in 4 papery, wing-like bracts that give the plant its name.

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