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Saltwort

 

the name of several weeds that are found in the forest steppe, semidesert, and desert. Usually they are stiff, thorny plants having the life form of tumbleweeds. The name “saltwort” is most often applied to the annual plant Salsola iberica, which is better known as Russian thistle (S. ruthenica, S. pestifer) and which is readily eaten by cattle.

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Immense areas of the stone deserts of Asia are totally dominated by subshrubby saltworts (Salsola).
For example, 250 of the 2,000 known species of milk (Astragalus, Legumi-nosae) live in the desert, as do 90 of the 350 species of sagebrush (Artemisia, Asteraceae), 60 of the 650 species of onions (Allium, Liliaceae), more than 50 of the 200 species of saltwort (Salsola, Chenopodi-aceae), and 45 of the 150 species of Ferula (Api-aceae).