Distribution in Egypt
Mediterranean region, Egyptian desert and Sinai.
Mediterranean region, Sinai, Arabia, east Africa.
Wadis, sandy soils, edges of saline depressions.
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Atriplex halimus
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Atriplex halimus
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
Atriplex halimus (Mediterranean saltbush, Sea orache, Shrubby orache) is a species of fodder shrub in the Amaranthaceae family, which is native to Europe and Northern Africa, including the Sahara in Morocco.
This plant is often cultivated as forage because tolerating severe conditions of drought, and it can grow up in very alkaline and saline soils. In addition, it is useful to valorize degraded and marginal areas because it will contribute to the improvement of phytomass in this case.
It is a dietary staple for the Sand Rat (Psammomys obesus).
Extracts from the leaves have shown to have significant hypoglycemic effects.
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