Information on Spear-leaved Orache

Common Name: Spear-leaved Orache
Scientific Name: Atriplex prostrata
Irish Name: Eilifleog leathan
Family Group: Chenopodiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Spear-leaved Orache could sometimes be confused with:

Orache, Frosted,

This is an upright annual of waste ground and coastal places.  It is distinguished from other Oraches by its arrow-shaped leaves which do not taper but have a square base.  The plant which reaches to 70cm, has red-tinged stems and the flowers occur in short spikes from July to September. These flowers are greenish with a pink tinge and are borne in dense panicles, male and female on the same plant.  This is a native plant, also known as Atriplex prostrate, which belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family.  

My first record of this wildflower is in 2005 at Bishop's Quarter Rock, Co Clare and I photographed it on that occasion.

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Orache, Spear-leaved
Orache, Spear-leaved

This plant is extremely tolerant of salt and in some areas is used as a measure to prevent soil erosion.