Chenopodium leptophyllum (Narrow-Leaved Goosefoot) - photos and description



Top of leaf in above photo

Bottom in leaf in above photo; one-nerved, slightly farinose

Underside of leaf in above photo; one-nerved, heavily farinose


General: Erect annual with a very slender growth habit and a narrow inflorescence, stems and leaf undersides farinose.

Flowers: Inflorescence in short spikes of glomerules are terminal and in upper leaf axils. Flowers with 5 stamens and 1 pistil, we measured flowers at 2 mm diameter.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, entire, have short petioes, linear, mealy-silver (farinose) below, I measured a leaf at 12 mm long and 2 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Flora of Alberta to 40 cm, I measured plants to 44 cm tall.

Habitat: Sandy soil on the southern prairies.

Abundance: Fairly common.

Origin: Native.

How to identify this species of Chenopodium: Leaves linear, one-nerved, silvery underneath (densely farinose).

When and where photographed: Took the photos July 8th, bottom of an active sand dune, Douglas Provincial Park, 200 km northwest of Regina, SK, and August 1st and August 8th on bare sand on hiking trail about 20 east of our home in Regina, SK.