Salsola paulsenii

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: formerly considered part of Russian thistle species (Salsola iberica or Salsola tragus)

Common names: barbwire Russian thistle

Salsola paulsenii (barbwire Russian thistle) is a bushy annual (family Chenopodiaceae) found throughout the Mojave Desert of California. It prefers loose, sandy soils in desert scrub and disturbed areas, such as roadsides and cultivated fields. Barbwire Russian thistle is easily confused with Russian thistle (Salsola tragus), and the two species can hybridize, making a plant that looks like a mix between the two species. Both species reproduce using seeds which can only survive for up to two years in the soil. Cultivation can effectively control barbwire Russian thistle seedlings, but must be repeated until all seeds in the seedbank loose viability.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

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Special Reports

Pest Notes on Russian Thistle (From the University of California's Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program)

Weed RIC Management Notes

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Other Salsola paulsenii Information

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  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution information with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • CDFA - California official noxious weeds.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.