corrugata S. Wats.
Life Span: Perennial
short, mat-forming plant of ashen or soil color; woody at base.
It can form mats 5 to 20 times wider than they are high. Prostrate
branches often produce adventitious roots where they contact the
soil. Mat saltbush flowers from April to early June.
flowering stems, unlike the vegetative stems, are strictly erect
and slender. The flowers are solitary or few, found in the axis
of the leaf. The male and female flowers occur separately, but both
occur on the plant. The male flowers are yellow to light brown.
The female flowers are found on the elongated flowering stems that
far exceed the leaves.
Fruit is a utricle.
lance-shaped blades, with white hairs. Leaf arrangement mostly opposite,
but alternate at the top of the stems.
The white bark is thick and spongy, shreddy on older trunks.
on mancos shale hillslopes, ridges, footslopes, knolls, and toeslopes
of undulating plateaus, at elevations 4,000 to 7,000 feet. Where
it occurs, it is usually the dominant plant species.
deep and deep alkaline or saline soils.
sacaton, Indian ricegrass,
gardner saltbush, shadscale,
and desert trumpet.
saltbush is valuable forage for livestock and wildlife. It is grazed
by sheep in the summer and fall after other forage has been used
or has dried up. Poisoning may result when little else is eaten.