Salt desert shrub ecoregions, characterized by less precipitation and alkaline soils, comprise approximately 19% of the OTR and are dominated by Gardner's saltbush Atriplex gardneri, shadscale Atriplex confertifolia
, black greasewood Sarcobatus vermiculatus, mock goldenweed and cushion-like phlox, with sporadic inclusions of Wyoming big sagebrush and basin big sagebrush A.
Holthausen RS, Caldwell MM (1980) Seasonal dynamics of root system respiration in Atriplex confertifolia
Effects of Polyploidy on Photosynthetic Rates, Photosynthetic Enzymes, Contents of DNA, Chlorophyll, and Sizes and Numbers of Photosynthetic Cells in the C4 Dicot Atriplex confertifolia
Saline land that would be indicated by salt-lovers like Atriplex confertifolia
(of the saltbush group) or Kochia would support crops only in very rainy years.
salina Allenrolfea occidentalis S Atriplex canescens S Atriplex confertifolia
S Suaeda torreyana Ss