Nitrophila, Nitrophila occidentalis (Nutt.) Moq., native
Common name: Western Borax-weed
- a dicot in the Chenopodiaceae (goosefoot) family -

 

 
Nitrophila grows in the eastern alkali meadow. It is a long lived perennial herb growing to ten inches in height. You will find it growing in the most mineralized areas of the alkali meadow along with the lovely native white sand spurry and salt grass. Nitrophila has very small smooth leaves and blooms from late May through the summer months. 

          
 
The flowers are tiny and can be easily overlooked. 
 
It was previously reported on this page that Nitrophila was a nitrogen fixer, but Don Pratt, a taxonimist, has politely corrected this error. Only legumes can fix nitrogen in soil.

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