Torr. ex S.Wats.
Atriplex hymenelytra, or Desert Holly, is a silvery colored shrub of Southwestern United States deserts. It is the most drought tolerant saltbush in North America. It can tolerate the hottest and driest sites in Death Valley, and remains active most of the year.
Range and habitat
It is generally a rounded bush covered in distinctive reflective silver-gray, twisted, oblong, many-pointed leaves. It grows as a shrub ranging from 8" to 48".
The silvery gray leaves are shaped like wavy holly leaves. The silvery color is from salts that collect on surface hairs. This helps reflect the light and therefore reduce the amount of water lost.
In its hot and dry natural habitat, male and female flowers occur on separate plants, but when artificially transplanted to cooler and wetter climates, male and female flowers may occur on the same plant.
- Mojave Desert Wildflowers, Pam Mackay, 2nd ed., p 271
- http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/cgi-bin/get_JM_treatment.pl?3084,3089,3112 Jepson
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