- Halogeton glomeratus
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Halogeton is a many stemmed annual ranging from a few inches up to 2
m in height. The plants appear blue-green early in the growing season
becoming red to yellow in the fall. The leaves are small, fleshy, tubular
in shape and tipped with a needle-like spine. Cottony hairs occur at the
base of the leaf. The inconspicuous green flowers are borne in the axils
of the leaves. Two types of seeds are produced: black winged seeds have
no dormancy and are viable for approximately 1 year; brown wingless seeds
have a dormancy period and can survive buried for up to 10 years.
Halogeton prefers disturbed alkaline sites in high desert regions. It
is often concentrated along trails and roadsides where sheep and cattle
The plant produces oxalates that are poisonous to sheep and cattle. It
can gain a foothold in disturbed areas and replaces the native vegetation.
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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers