Salsola tragus

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Legend for Species Pages

Russian Tumbleweed, Russian Thistle

Salsola tragus L.


Salsola australis R. Br.

Salsola iberica (Sennen & Pau) Botsch. ex Czerep.

Salsola kali L. ssp. ruthenica (Iljin) Soó

Salsola kali L. ssp. tenuifolia Moq.

Salsola kali L. ssp. tragus (L.) Celak.

Salsola pestifer A. Nelson

Salsola ruthenica Iljin

  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – No
  • Global Invasive Species Database – Yes[1]
  • NatureServe Rank –
  • Haber, Upland –
  • Haber, Wetland –
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range –
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines –
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN –
  • AB Weed – No


[[2]] Link to ANPC IRIS Newsletter - See IRIS No. 59 for an article on russian thistle in native montane grassland in Jasper NP.

According to the Flora of Alberta(Moss) and Alberta Conservation Information Management System (ACIMS) All Elements list (2014), Salsola kali L. the only species of Salsola we have in Alberta.

Salsola pestifer A. Nels. is a no longer an accepted synonym for S. tragus.

[3] Link to USDA Plants, profile for Salsola tragus L. prickly Russian thistle

The USDA Plants Database is not consistent with Moss and ACIMS. It shows S. tragus as the only Salsola species that occurs in Alberta.

[4] Link to Canadensys, Salsola tragus Linnaeus - more information on Salsola taxonomy and distribution.

Russian Thistle, Salsola tragus L. (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License)