Chenopodium rubrum (Red Goosefoot) - photos and description

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

General: Annual plants with stems either solitary or branched from the base. Foliage rubbery, often reddish in colour. Plants glabrous.

Flowers: Inflorescence is glomerules in leafy panicles, glomerules often reddish.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, lanceolate, wavy-margined / sinuate, thick and rubbery to touch. Leaves measured to almost 1 mm thick. The leaf highlighted in the photo above had a blade which was 6 mm long by 35 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 75 cm, we measured plants to 92 cm tall.

Habitat: Saline, moist soil.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

How to identify this species of Chenopodium: Leaves variable, about 1 mm thick, plants glabrous, Taxonomic Reminder for Recognizing Saskatchewan Plants.

When and where photographed: Photos taken August 21st, highway ditch with bare soil, about 175 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.