2223.000 Chenopodium L. - Goosefoots

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial eglandular herbs. Young stems and leaves densely covered with vesicular globose trichomes becoming cup-shaped when dry and mostly persistent at maturity. Stems usually grooved or angular and often striped with red, white or green. Leaves alternate or opposite. Flowers bisexual and female, in small cymes arranged in a branched inflorescence. Bracteoles 0. Perianth segments (4-)5-lobed, without a prominent midvein visible within. Stamens usually 5.

Derivation of name: In Greek: goose-foot, referring to the shape of the leaves of some species.

Worldwide: c. 100 species, mainly in temperate regions

Botswana: 5 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Spoladea recurvalis (Spinach moth)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
album L.SEDescription, Image
hederiforme (Murr) AellenN,SW,SE
olukondae (Murr) MurrSE
opulifolium Schrad. ex Koch & Ziz.
phillipsianum Aellen

Other sources of information about Chenopodium:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Chenopodium
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Chenopodium
Flora of Malawi: Chenopodium
Flora of Mozambique: Chenopodium
Flora of Zambia: Chenopodium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chenopodium

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chenopodium
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chenopodium
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chenopodium
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chenopodium
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Chenopodium
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chenopodium
JSTOR Plant Science: Chenopodium
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chenopodium
Plants of the World Online: Chenopodium
Tropicos: Chenopodium
Wikipedia: Chenopodium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Chenopodium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=519, retrieved 17 June 2024

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