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Chenopodium leptophyllum
narrowleaf goosefoot

Distribution: East side of the Cascades, British Columbia to Baja California, east to the Mississippi Valley.

Habitat: Deserts and dry grasslands.

Flowers: May - August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect, simple to freely-branched annual, 2-6 dm. tall, usually grayish with a mealy coating.


Leaves alternate, linear to narrowly oblong, the blades entire, 1-nerved, 1.5-4 cm. long and under 4 mm. wide, glabrous but pale above, gray beneath with a dense, mealy coating, narrowed to a short petiole.


Flowers glomerate in terminal and sub-terminal panicles of short spikes; perianth 5-cleft nearly to the base, the lobes developing a prominent mid-ridge; stamens 5, opposite the perianth lobes; styles 2.


The wall of the utricle readily separating from the smooth, shiny seed.

Accepted Name:
Chenopodium leptophyllum (Moq.) Nutt. ex S. Watson
Publication: Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 9: 94. 1874. 1874.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chenopodium album L. var. leptophyllum Moq.
Chenopodium leptophyllum (Nutt. ex Moq.) S. Watson var. leptophyllum [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Chenopodium leptophyllum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Chenopodium leptophyllum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Chenopodium leptophyllum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Chenopodium leptophyllum photos.

USDA Plants: Chenopodium leptophyllum information.

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