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Halogeton - Halogeton glomeratus
Family: Cheriopodiaceae

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Description

Halogeton is a many stemmed annual ranging from a few inches up to 2 m in height. The plants appear blue-green early in the growing season becoming red to yellow in the fall. The leaves are small, fleshy, tubular in shape and tipped with a needle-like spine. Cottony hairs occur at the base of the leaf. The inconspicuous green flowers are borne in the axils of the leaves. Two types of seeds are produced: black winged seeds have no dormancy and are viable for approximately 1 year; brown wingless seeds have a dormancy period and can survive buried for up to 10 years.

Interesting facts

Halogeton prefers disturbed alkaline sites in high desert regions. It is often concentrated along trails and roadsides where sheep and cattle have congregated.

The plant produces oxalates that are poisonous to sheep and cattle. It can gain a foothold in disturbed areas and replaces the native vegetation.

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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers

 

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