Salsola kali subsp. tragus (L.) Celak., Prodr. Fl. Böhmen 2: 155 1871. (Syn: Kali australis (R.Br.) Akhani & Roalson; Salsola acicularis Salisb.; Salsola altaica (C. A. Mey.) Iljin; Salsola australis R. Br.; Salsola brachypteris Moq.; Salsola controversa Todaro ex Nym.; Salsola decumbens Lam.; Salsola iberica Sennen & Pau; Salsola kali var. altaica C. A. Mey.; Salsola kali subsp. austroafricana Aell.; Salsola kali subsp. iberica (Sennen & Pau) Rilke; Salsola kali var. pseudotragus G. Beck; Salsola kali subsp. ruthenica (Iljin) Soó; Salsola kali var. tenuifolia Tausch; Salsola kali subsp. tragus (L.) Nym.; Salsola macrophylla R. Br.; Salsola pestifer Nels.; Salsola pseudotragus (G. Beck) Iljin; Salsola rosacea Cav.; Salsola ruthenica Iljin; Salsola ruthenica var. filifolia A.J. Li; Salsola scariosa Stokes; Salsola spinosa Lam.; Salsola tragus L.; Salsola tragus subsp. iberica Sennen & Pau; Salsola tragus var. tenuifolia (Moq.) N.N. Tzvelev);
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Images by Prashant Awale (Validated by Gurcharan Singh) (Inserted by J.M.Garg)

ID request-011111-PKA1: 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (5).

Seen this herb in the sandy soil near Shiok River at Village Turtuk (Ladakh).
Date/Time: 18-09-2011 / 06:30PM
Location: Turtuk, Ladakh (Altitude: Approx: 11000ft).
Plant habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild
Could this be “Salsola tragus” (Family: Chenopodiaceae)??

I think yes


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: PKA2 :: Salsola tragus at Turtuk Ladakh:
Bot. name: Salsola tragus

Family: Chenopodiaceae
Location: Turtuk, Ladakh (seen this in the sandy soil near Shiok river).

Plant habit: Herb
Habitat: Wild

SK40JUL21-2016:ID : 9 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (3)- 1 Mb each except one.
Enclosing some pictures for identification.
Location : Sangam, Leh
Date: 20 August, 2014

I think this may be Salsola kali – found sparsely distributed on the coast of the British Isles on sandy shores – no doubt the forms in Ladakh are recognised as a different variety.
Stewart tells us at Skardu it grows in the hottest sand with Sophora and Echinopsalso grows in Baluchistan and Peshawar. A common desert weed, variable

Spoke too soon and did not check properly – I am getting tired and the pain (which I get for much of every day) is playing up.  Let me just get this off too you, then a rest.

I note that Dickore & Klimes did not list Salsola kali but two species Salsola tragus and Salsola jacquemontii – not mentioned by Stewart.
I was correct in my comment that no doubt the ‘forms’ in Ladakh are recognised as a different ‘variety’ – even at species level.
I see there is a S.kali subsp. tragus – from which S.tragus no doubt comes. Also known as Kali tragus – and ‘Russian Thistle’. See:
Had not realised it was one of the US “tumbleweeds”!
Don’t currently know how to distinguish between Salsola (or should it be Kali) tragus and S.jacquemontii.

Thanks, …, Seems close as per … images at Salsola kali subsp. tragus


For id 300722 JM 2: Ule, Ladakh: (Mixed thread): 6 correct images- 3 high res.
In rocky sandy area near Indus, in Ule (10,000 ft.) Ladakh, on 14.6.22.

Possibly, Salsola tragus

The images show one to two Chenopodiaceae: the thorny species (with subulate bracts and leaves) is Salsola tragus; a plant with dried perianth is Dysphania, perhaps D. nepalensis or D. multiflora. The details of flowers and leaves are needed to identify this Dysphania. Hopefully I have helped you.



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