Monolepis nuttalliana (Spear-leaved Goosefoot) - photos and description

Looking straight down on plant.

General: Annual plant with a prostrate to ascending growth habit. Base of stems reddish. Plants glabrate.

Flowers: Flowers grow in dense axillary spikes of yellowish-green glomerules.

Leaves:  Leaves alternate, fleshy, spear-shaped - lanceolate with a pair of divergent lobes near the wedge-shaped base. Leaf highlighted in photo above was 3 cm long by 1.5 cm wide.

Height: Stem length listed in Flora of Alberta to 30 cm, we measured stems to 29 cm long.

Habitat: Bare soil along roads and fields.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 5th waste ground, Buffalo Pound Provincial Park, about 70 km west of Regina, SK, and June 23rd disturbed soil in pasture, Cypress Hills, about 425 km southwest of our home in Regina, SK.