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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

12. Chenopodiaceae, the Goosefoot Family

2. Chenopodium L. -- Goosefoot

1. Chenopodium glaucum L. -- Oak-leaved goosefoot

Plants erect to low and spreading, usually widely branching from the base; stems sometimes reddish toward the base, 1-7 dm long. Leaf blades dull green above, persistently whitish-farinose beneath, lanceolate to ovate-oblong or ovate-deltate, 0.7-3(4) cm long, 0.2-1.2(2) cm wide, sinuate-dentate; petioles about as long as or much shorter than the blades. Perianth 3- to 5-lobed; fruit varying from horizontal to vertical, the pericarp greenish; seed dark brown, shiny, orbicular, 0.8-1.2 mm in diameter. Aug--Oct. Shores, stream banks, flats and disturbed areas, usually where alkaline or saline; common; (Naturalized from Eurasia; N.B. to Alta., s to VA, MO, TX, NM, AZ and OR; also Africa and Australia).
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