Russian thistle USDA PLANTS Symbol: SAKA
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Salsola kali L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Caryophyllales: Chenopodiaceae
Synonym(s): common saltwort, prickly Russian thistle, tumbleweed, windwitch, prickly glasswort
Native Range: Europe (GRIN)

Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Bonnie Million, National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Bonnie Million, National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Foliage;
Bonnie Million, National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
USDA APHIS PPQ Archive, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Seedling(s);
John D. Byrd, Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org
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Research; A Russian thistle (Salsola iberica) plant in an onion field as a weed.
Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Basal view of two fruits. Similar to an FNW taxon.
Julia Scher, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Winged fruits. Similar to an FNW taxon.
Julia Scher, USDA APHIS PPQ, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Bonnie Million, National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Bonnie Million, National Park Service, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Chiricahua National Monument (Arizona)
Fort Bowie National Historic Site (Arizona)
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (Texas)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota)



Invasive Listing Sources:
California Invasive Plant Council
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005