Orache, Spear-leaved

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

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

Orache, Spear-leaved
Orache, Spear-leaved
Orache, Spear-leaved