Utah Valley University Herbarium


Accession # 03851 
Family - UVUAPG III FamilyCronquist FamilyA Utah Flora
Species Salsola tragus L.
Common name   prickly Russian thistle
R. Van Buren   s.n.  
   with K.T. Harper
Coll. Date 17 October 1997 
United States
Locality Quail Creek Dam.
Climate NCDC temperatures, daily high (red), daily average (green) and daily low (blue), from 1970 to 2000 at this location.   NCDC average monthly precipitation from 1970 to 2000 at this location.
Latitude Longitude 37° 10'  41" N, 113° 23'  35" W
Township Range T41S, R14W, Sec. 35  
Datum Not recorded
Uncertainty Not calculated
TRS Notes Latitude and longitude were derived from township and range information and may be
inaccurate by as much as 0.7 miles (or 4.2 miles if the section is not given).


Synonyms recognized by ITIS (bold taxon is currently accepted):

     Salsola tragus L.

     Salsola australis R. Br.
     Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerepanov
     Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerepanov
     Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerepanov
     Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerepanov
     Salsola kali ssp. ruthenica (Iljin) Soˇ
     Salsola kali ssp. tenuifolia Moq.
     Salsola kali ssp. tenuifolia Moq.
     Salsola kali ssp. tragus (L.) Celak.
     Salsola pestifer A. Nels.
     Salsola ruthenica Iljin

Common Name(s): prickly Russian thistle, common Russian thistle, prickly Russian thistle, Russian thistle, tumbleweed, tumbling thistle.

Taxonomic Hierarchy: (ITIS TSN=520950, click for more information and references)

        Kingdom: Plantae
            Subkingdom: Tracheobionta
                Division: Magnoliophyta
                    Class: Magnoliopsida
                        Subclass: Caryophyllidae
                            Order: Caryophyllales
                                Family: Chenopodiaceae
                                    Genus: Salsola
                                        Species: Salsola tragus


Available images of this specimen (click to view):
specimen image: 03851s1.jpg

Images of other samples of the same species:
specimen image: 02585s1.jpg 
specimen image: 03340s1.jpg 
specimen image: 05393s1.jpg 
specimen image: 09436s1.jpg 

Nearby Accessions

Other accessions in the database collected near this one:

Accession Name Dist., dir.
14247 Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus      "goldenhead" 2721 ft. NE
02653 Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus      "goldenhead" 1 mi. E
14245 Ambrosia dumosa      "common bur-sage" 2721 ft. NE
03850 Ambrosia dumosa      "common bur-sage" same section
02814 Ambrosia salsola      "burrobush" 1 mi. E
02812 Ambrosia salsola      "burrobush" 1 mi. E
02816 Chaenactis carphoclinia      "pebble pincushion" 1 mi. E
02982 Chamaesyce fendleri      "Fendler's sandmat" 1 mi. N
13233 Cirsium neomexicanum      "New Mexico thistle" 1 mi. E
02654 Cirsium neomexicanum      "New Mexico thistle" 1 mi. E
04213 Cymopterus multinervatus      "purple-nerved spring parsley" 2788 ft. NE
04217 Dichelostemma pulchellum     2788 ft. NE
02977 Eriogonum fusiforme      "Grand Valley desert trumpet" 1 mi. N
08122 Gilia hutchinsifolia     1.1 mi. SE
03847 Hilaria rigida      "big galleta" same section
03849 Krameria erecta      "little-leaf ratany" same section
03848 Krascheninnikovia lanata  var. subspinosa   "winterfat" same section
02975 Mentzelia       "blazingstar" 1.4 mi. N
02651 Mentzelia integra     1 mi. E
02815 Mentzelia pterosperma      "winged-seed blazingstar" 1 mi. E
02813 Mirabilis bigelovii      "Bigelow's desert four o'clock" 1 mi. E
03846 Psathyrotes pilifera      "hairy turtleback" same section
04216 Quercus turbinella      "Sonoran scrub oak" 2788 ft. NE
02652 Salvia columbariae      "chia" 1 mi. E
05769 Stephanomeria exigua      "small wirelettuce" 1 mi. N
14246 Tetradymia axillaris      "longspine horsebrush" 2721 ft. NE
14248 Xylorhiza tortifolia  var. tortifolia   "Mojave aster" 2721 ft. NE


Nearby locations from the USGS Geographic Name Information System (GNIS) database:

Name County Dist., dir. Elevation (ft.) 7.5' Quad Name
Harrisburg Bench (Bench) Washington County, UT 2104 ft. W 3501  Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg Gap (Gap) Washington County, UT 0.7 mi. E 2792  Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 0.7 mi. E   Harrisburg Junction 
Quail Creek (Stream) Washington County, UT 0.8 mi. E   Signal Peak 
Harrisburg Creek (Stream) Washington County, UT 0.8 mi. E   Harrisburg Junction 
Berry Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 1 mi. SE 2809  Harrisburg Junction 
Cottonwood Hill (Summit) Washington County, UT 1.3 mi. NW 3166  Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg (Populated Place) Washington County, UT 1.9 mi. N 3009  Harrisburg Junction 
Harrisburg Flat (Flat) Washington County, UT 2.1 mi. N 3084  Harrisburg Junction 
Purgatory Flat (Flat) Washington County, UT 2.1 mi. SW 2884  Harrisburg Junction 
Cottonwood Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 2 mi. W   Harrisburg Junction 
Little Purgatory (Area) Washington County, UT 2.3 mi. NE 3340  Hurricane 
Leeds Creek (Stream) Washington County, UT 2.7 mi. N   Signal Peak 
Harrisburg Junction (Populated Place) Washington County, UT 2.4 mi. SW 3127  Harrisburg Junction 
Grapevine Wash (Valley) Washington County, UT 2.7 mi. NE   Pintura 
Willow Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 3.2 mi. S 2894  Harrisburg Junction 
East Reef (Ridge) Washington County, UT 2.8 mi. NE 3009  Hurricane 
Water Canyon (Valley) Washington County, UT 3.3 mi. N   Signal Peak 
Red Cliffs Campground (Locale) Washington County, UT 3.3 mi. N 3265  Harrisburg Junction 
Sand Mountain Spring (Spring) Washington County, UT 3.3 mi. S 2891  Harrisburg Junction 


Taxon Links for species Salsola tragus  L.

CalPhotos, Berkeley Digital Library Project

CNPS Manual of California Vegetation Database

USDA Plants database
University of Washington Herbarium: Plants of Washington (images)

Texas A&M University: Image Library (images)

Lady Bird Johnson's Wildflower Center

Google Images

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