2223.000 Chenopodium L. - Goosefoots

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, often mealy or foetid. Stems usually grooved or angular and often striped with red, white or green. Flowers bisexual and female, in small cymes ("glomerules") arranged in a branched inflorescence. Bracteoles 0. Perianth normally (3-)4-5-lobed. Stamens 1-5. Stigmas 2(-5). Seeds "horizontal" (vertically flattened) or less often "vertical" (horizontally flattened); testa normally hard.

Derivation of name: In Greek: goose-foot, referring to the shape of the leaves of some species.

Worldwide: c. 100 species, mainly in temperate regions

Zimbabwe: 10 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth) Food plant
Chenopodium carinatum

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
album L.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
ambrosioides L.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
carinatum R. Br.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
giganteum D. DonC,E
hederiforme (Murr) AellenS
murale L.W,C,S
opulifolium Schrad. ex Koch & Ziz.W,E
procerum Hochst. ex Moq.E
schraderianum Schultz.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
strictum RothN

Other sources of information about Chenopodium:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Chenopodium
Flora of Caprivi: Chenopodium
Flora of Malawi: Chenopodium
Flora of Mozambique: Chenopodium
Flora of Zambia: Chenopodium

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Chenopodium
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Chenopodium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Chenopodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chenopodium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Chenopodium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Chenopodium.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=519, retrieved 28 October 2016

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