Plant Spotting: Winterfat

by Max Licher, http://www.swbiodiversity.org/seinet

Common Name:

Winterfat

Family:

Amaranthaceae

Scientific Name:

Krascheninnikovia lanata

Use:

Livestock forage

Ecology:

Grows in a variety of habitats at 100–2,700 metres (330–8,860 ft), ranging from grasslands and scrublands to rain shadow mountain locations. It is a halophyte that thrives in salty soils such as those on alkali flats, including those of the Great Basin, Central Valley, Great Plains, and Mojave Desert.

High protein forage for livestock and wildlife.