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Orache (Orach, Saltbush, Wheelscale Saltbush, Common/Spear-leaved/Garden/Red Orache)

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  • Common Name: Orache (Orach, Saltbush, Wheelscale Saltbush, Common/Spear-leaved/Garden/Red Orache)
  • Latin Name: Atriplex spp. esp. A. hortensis, A. patula, A. elegans
  • Family Name: Amaranthaceae (formerly Chenopodiaceae)
Orache comes from a family where most, if not all, of the plants contain oxalic acid, and the seeds of the Orache also contain saponins, so it is not a food to directly offer to your tortoise, although if a leaf is nibbled it shouldn't do any harm.  Originally a cultivated plant in the UK, it is now found growing in the wild.  The flowers appear to be yellow, but on closer inspection you will find they are green and sometimes red.  See also Fat-hen and Good King Henry.
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