Salsola tragus L.
Common Name: RUSSIAN-THISTLE
Synonym: Salsola kali
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 3
Wetness Index: FACU
Physiognomy: Ad A-Forb

S. kali of Michigan Flora.

A Eurasian native, found on railroads, roadsides, dunes, and other sandy or cindery places. It was probably introduced independently at more than one point in the state, for it first appeared in Detroit (Wayne Co.) in 1891; then in Charlevoix, Kent, and Tuscola Cos. in 1894; and then in Muskegon and St. Clair Cos. in 1895. It is now frequent throughout the state.

The stems and branches are narrowly striped, usually in pink or reddish.

Locations

Alpena County
Barry County
Benzie County
Berrien County
Calhoun County
Cass County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Emmet County
Gogebic County
Grand Traverse County
Houghton County
Huron County
Ingham County
Iosco County
Jackson County
Kalamazoo County
Kalkaska County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
Leelanau County
Lenawee County
Livingston County
Macomb County
Manistee County
Marquette County
Mason County
Mecosta County
Midland County
Missaukee County
Monroe County
Montmorency County
Muskegon County
Newaygo County
Oakland County
Ogemaw County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Schoolcraft County
Shiawassee County
St. Clair County
Tuscola County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 13, 2017. http://www.michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=88.