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Mulefat

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Astereae
Genus: Baccharis
Species: B. salicifolia
Binomial name
Baccharis salicifolia
(Ruiz & Pav.) Pers.
Synonyms
  • Baccharis glutinosa
    Baccharis viminea

Baccharis salicifolia is a blooming shrub native to the desert southwest of the United States and northern Mexico, as well as parts of South America. Its usual common name is mule fat; it is also called seepwillow or water-wally. This is a large bush with sticky foliage which bears plentiful small, fuzzy, pink or red-tinged white flowers which are highly attractive to butterflies.[1] The long pointed leaves may be toothed. It is most common near water sources.

Uses

  • Most plants accumulate potassium preferentially over sodium, but Saltwort accumulates significant amounts of sodium into its structures. This means that its ashes produce a sodium-rich soda ash rather than a potassium-rich potash. The sodium compounds are useful in glassmaking (see soda lime glass) thus it is also known as glasswort.
  • The Kayenta Navajo people use this plant in a compound infusion of plants used as a lotion for chills from immersion.[2]

References

External links

  • Jepson Manual Treatment
  • USDA Plants Profile
  • Photo gallery

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