Chenopodium macrospermum

Hooker f.
Fl. Antarct. 2: 341. 1846.
Synonyms: Chenopodium farinosum Standley Chenopodium murale var. farinosum S. Watson Chenopodium macrospermum var. halophilum (Philippi) Aellen
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 4. Treatment on page 281. Mentioned on page 276.

Stems erect to decumbent, branched from base, 1–6 dm, farinose. Leaves nonaromatic; petiole 0.01–0.25 cm; blade deltate or trullate to narrowly trullate, rarely lanceolate, 0.8–6 × 0.4–3.6 cm, base cuneate, margins serrate, apex acute. Inflorescences glomerules in terminal dense spikes; glomerules subglobose, 3–5 mm diam.; bracts absent. Flowers: perianth segments connate into 0.5 mm tube; lobes deltate, 0.2–0.3 × 0.7–0.8 mm, apex acute, not keeled, glabrous, covering fruit at maturity; stamen 1; stigmas 2. Achenes ovoid; pericarp adherent, smooth. Seeds ovoid, 0.9–1.1 mm diam., margins rounded; seed coat black, reticulate-punctate. 2n = 36.

Phenology: Fruiting Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Beach, dry lake and creek beds, marshes and muddy areas, waste areas
Elevation: 0-10 m


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Introduced; B.C., Calif., N.C., Wash., South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay).


Chenopodium macrospermum is native and diverse in South America. Much, if not all, of the North American material is introduced from there and appears to represent more than one part of the variation. Until a reliable treatment of the South American material is published we are not assigning names to the variants in North America.

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Lower Taxa


... more about "Chenopodium macrospermum"
Steven E. Clemants +  and Sergei L. Mosyakin +
Hooker f. +
Undefined subg. Blitum +
B.C. +, Calif. +, N.C. +, Wash. +, South America (Argentina +, Bolivia +  and Paraguay). +
0-10 m +
Beach, dry lake and creek beds, marshes and muddy areas, waste areas +
Fruiting Jun–Sep. +
Fl. Antarct. +
Introduced +
Chenopodium farinosum +, Chenopodium murale var. farinosum +  and Chenopodium macrospermum var. halophilum +
Chenopodium macrospermum +
Chenopodium sect. Degenia +
species +