Species Details

Atriplex minuscula

lesser saltscale

  Download Report   Calflora     eFlora     CCH     CalPhotos
Photo of Atriplex minuscula
© 2000 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.
Photo of Atriplex minuscula
© 2010 Robert E. Preston, Ph.D.
Scientific Name:
Atriplex minuscula Standl.
Common Name:
lesser saltscale
Family: Chenopodiaceae
Element Code: PDCHE042M0
USDA Plants Symbol: ATMI3
Synonyms/Other Names:
Lifeform: annual herb
Blooming Period: May-Oct
15 - 200 meters
50 - 655 feet
General Habitat:
  • Chenopod scrub
  • Playas
  • Valley and foothill grassland
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
  • Alkaline
  • Sandy
Historical occurrences extirpated by agriculture. Possibly threatened by solar energy development. Closely related to A. depressa and A. parishii; a synonym of the latter in A California Flora (1959) by P. Munz. See North American Flora 21:51 (1916) for original description.
Total Occurrences: 52
Element Occurrence Ranks:
10 16 4 1 2 19
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 33
Recent <=20 Years 19
Presumed Extant 50
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 2
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
California (CA)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Alameda (ALA), Butte (BUT), Fresno (FRE), Kern (KRN), Kings (KNG), Madera (MAD), Merced (MER), Stanislaus (STA)*, Tulare (TUL)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Allensworth (3511974), Altamont (3712166), Arena (3712036), Berenda (3712012), Bliss Ranch (3712014), Bonita Ranch (3612082), Burris Park (3611945), Buttonwillow (3511944), Byron Hot Springs (3712176), Cairns Corner (3611922), Chowchilla (3712013), Crows Landing (3712141), El Nido (3712024), Firebaugh NE (3612083), Goshen (3611934), Gravelly Ford (3612072), Ivanhoe (3611942), Jamesan (3612062), Kerman (3612061), Le Grand (3712022), Livermore (3712167), Los Banos (3712017), Lost Hills NE (3511965), Mendota Dam (3612073), Milpitas (3712148), Ortigalita Peak NW (3612088), Pennington (3912137), Pixley (3511983), Plainsburg (3712023), Poso Farm (3612084), Raisin (3611958)*, Ripon (3712162)*, San Luis Ranch (3712027), Sandy Mush (3712025), Tranquillity (3612063), Traver (3611944), Wasco NW (3511964), Wasco SW (3511954), Waukena (3611925)
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.


Presumed Extant
Counties   Quads