Salsola ryanii

Common names: Ryan's Russian thistle

Salsola ryanii (Ryan’s Russian thistle) is an annual herb/ (family Chenopodiaceae) with white to pink papery flowers and small narrow leaves found in the Central Valley and southwestern ranges of California. It is native to Australia or South Africa. It favors grasslands and dunes. It spreads via seed. It exhibits a “tumbling” habit allowing long-distance dispersal via wind.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

CDFA Rating: None?


Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

No Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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Other Salsola ryanii Information

  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.