Chenopodium atrovirens

(Pinyon Goosefoot)


Chenopodium atrovirens, Four Mile Area, Chaffee Co. 0204

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.
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