Chenopodium californicum (S.Watson) S.Watson
  • Bot. California 2: 48 (1880)
  • California goosefoot, soap plant

Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2022): Chenopodium californicum (S.Watson) S.Watson. Published on the Internet; Accessed on: 01 Dec 2022'

General Information

Stems erect to ascending, branched at apex of taproot, 2.5-8 dm, somewhat viscid and farinose. Leaves nonaromatic; petiole 1-12 cm; blade triangular, 4.5-10 × 3-9 cm, base truncate to cordate, margins sinuate-dentate, apex acute to acuminate, sparsely farinose. Inflorescences: dense glomerules sessile on terminal spikes; spikes 5-19 cm; glomerules 3-5 mm diam., flowers developing at about same time; bracts leaflike, subtending lower glomerules, absent for over 1/2 inflorescence, triangular, broadly hastate, 1-3.5 × 0.8-4 cm, apex acuminate, base truncate to hastate, sparsely farinose. Flowers: perianth segments connate into 0.5-0.9 mm tube, lobes oblong or elliptic, 0.6-0.9(-1.1) × 0.4-1.2 mm, apex obtuse, rounded or truncate, scarcely abaxially keeled throughout, glabrous, not covering fruit at maturity; stamens (4-)5; stigmas 2. Achenes obovoid; pericarp adherent, ± smooth. Seeds obovoid or rotund, 1.5-2 mm in diam. , margins rounded; seed coat black, rugose.

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    Other Local Names

    California goosefoot, soap plant

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    World Flora Online Data. 2021.
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    Flora of North America @
    'Flora of North America @ eFloras (2008). Published on the Internet [accessed August 2016]' Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
    • B Flora of North America Association
    World Flora Online Consortium
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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