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: 5 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth) Food plant
Dysphania carinata

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
album L.W,C,E,SDescription, Image
giganteum D. DonC,E
hederiforme (Murr) AellenS
murale L.W,C,S
opulifolium Schrad. ex Koch & Ziz.W,E

Other sources of information about Chenopodium:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chenopodium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chenopodium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chenopodium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chenopodium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Chenopodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chenopodium
JSTOR Plant Science: Chenopodium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chenopodium
Plants of the World Online: Chenopodium
Tropicos: Chenopodium
Wikipedia: Chenopodium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Chenopodium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=519, retrieved 5 March 2024

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