Chenopodium capitatum

(Strawberry Blite)

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Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7782/7288

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Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7699/7708

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Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7766

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Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7730

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Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7757

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Leaves, Chenopodium capitatum, Frisco Peninsula, Summit Co. 7688

Scientific Name Chenopodium capitatum USDA PLANTS Symbol CHCA4
Common Name Strawberry Blite, Blite Goosefoot ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 20599
Family Amaranthaceae (Amaranth) formerly Chenopodiaceae SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane and subalpine (6000 to 11000 ft.); gravelly soils in disturbed areas, along roads, trails, and in forest clearings.
Plant: Annual with erect to sprawling, smooth stems, about 16 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate, lanceolate, ovate, triangular or triangular-hastate and smooth, 1 to 4 inches long; edges are sharply dentate or smooth.
Inflorescence: Tiny blossoms in tight, spherical clusters in a raceme 2 to 8 inches long; very small with 3 nearly distinct sepals and no petals; greenish, becoming red and fleshy later in season.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
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Colorado Status:
Native

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