American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several salt-tolerant plants of the genus Atriplex, especially A. hortensis of Asia, grown for greens and ornament.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any one of several species of plants, chiefly of the genus Atriplex, covering extensive plains in the interior of Australia. The most important are A. nummularium, one of the larger species, and A. vesicarium, an extremely abundant and tenacious dwarf species, together with the dwarf A. halimoides. The name covers also species of Rhagodia and Chenopodium of similar habit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) An Australian plant (Atriplex nummularia) of the Goosefoot family.
- n. any of various shrubby plants of the genus Atriplex that thrive in dry alkaline soil
- salt + bush (Wiktionary)
“We planted trees, willows, encouraged the saltbush which suddenly began to appear.”
“Sheep fattened on the nutritious saltbush and found enough water.”
“By the time we bought the property in 2003 most of the native grasses were gone, only a few winged saltbush shrubs existed.”
“We coasted the strips of sand, drifted into the coves, passed under steep slopes prickered with cardón and saltbush, craned our necks up at burned rock towers splashed with guano and crowned with the stick nests of osprey.”
“Yellow, blue and white wildflowers grow now in broad reaches among the grey-blue cottonbush and saltbush.”
“Even the harshness in drought is exciting – the land seems occupied by pre-European presences and its absolute colours of sky and red soil and saltbush take on endless subtleties according to the light.”
“It is sparsely vegetated with mat saltbush, bud sagebrush, galleta and desert trumpet.”
“The potential natural vegetation is sagebrush steppe and contrasts with the Great Basin sagebrush of Ecoregion 13c and the saltbush-greasewood of Ecoregions 13b and 80h.”
“Overall, Ecoregion 80a is less wooded than Ecoregions 80b and 80c and lacks the saltbush-greasewood of Ecoregions 13b and 80h.”
“The potential natural vegetation is, in order of increasing elevation and ruggedness, saltbush-greasewood, Great Basin sagebrush, juniper-pinyon woodland, and scattered western spruce-fir forest.”
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