Chenopodium species

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Scientific Name Chenopodium atrovirens USDA PLANTS Symbol CHAT
Common Name Pinyon Goosefoot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20593
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) formerly Chenopodiaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Foothills and montane (6000 to 10800 ft.); (usually) sandy soils in open and disturbed areas; widely distributed.
Plant: Erect, open annual with spreading branches, up to two feet tall.
Leaves: Narrow lanceolate, ovate to oblong leaves, upwardly turning, 0.4 to 1.2 inches long and 0.2 to 0.9 inches wide with smooth edges or with a basal lobe; lower surfaces farinose (powdery, mealy).
Inflorescence: Green, farinose flowers loosely clustered in spikes of glomerules 0.9 to 3.2 inches long on branches from main stem; no petals, 5 small farinose sepals, 5 stamens Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native
Scientific Name Chenopodium berlandieri USDA PLANTS Symbol CHBE4
Common Name Pitseed Goosefoot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20594
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) formerly Chenopodiaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Plains to subalpine (4000 to 10800); open and disturbed areas and along creeks; widely distributed.
Plant: Erect annual, a few inches to 40+ inches tall; stems, leaves and flowers covered with white powdery substance (farinose). Photographed plant is less than 10 inches tall.
Leaves: Lower leaves deltate or rhomboid, 3-lobed, 0.7 to 1.6 inches long.
Inflorescence: Green, farinose flowers densely clustered in spikes of small glomerules about 1/4-inch across or less, spikes 2 to 6 inches long; no petals, 5 small farinose sepals, 5 stamens
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield.
BONAP Distribution Map

Colorado Status:
Native

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