Help needed re food plants

Peter Selby pete.selby at
Sun Jan 5 16:25:01 EST 1997

In message <5mGgrSAB79zyEwdG at>
        Julian Barker <julian at> writes: 

> I have been doing research on the habitat of the Mongolian Gerbil. I
> have discovered that the main food plant of these animals is Artemisia
> sieversiana. They are known to also eat Salsola collina, Setaria viridis
> and Leymus chinensis.

Do the gerbils live by the seaside?  

Artemesia vulgaris is the commonest plant to find in UK - better 
known as Mugwort.
Salsola kali, prickly glasswort is an inhabitant of salt marshes in UK.
Setaria is a genus of grass, sometimes found as as an escape in UK, 
but more commonly sold as  Millet Sprays for Budgerigars.
Leymus is as you say a grass.  We have Leymus arenarius which is Lyme 
grass and grows in sand dunes.

Hope this helps.

 Pete Selby
(pete.selby at

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