Irish wildflowers


Photographs: Derrynane, Co.Kerry

Spear-leaved Orache
Atriplex prostrata
Eilifleog leathan
Family: Chenopodiaceae

Flowering time: July-September. Annual. Native.

Tiny flowers in dense, often leafy spikes. Fruiting bracteoles triangular, weakly toothed. Stalked leaves triangular or hastate, two right-angled basal lobes.
Leaves green, slightly mealy, reddish as plant matures.
Ridged stems usually prostrate or spreading. Height: 10-130cm

Frequent near coast, rare inland. Waste ground, sea shores.

Similar: Common Orache, A. patula
     
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