Page author: Don Knoke
Oxybasis rubra
red goosefoot

Distribution: Widely distributed, British Columbia to Newfoundland, south across the United States.

Habitat: Moist, saline soils.

Flowers: July - October

Origin: Both native and introduced

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Glandless annual, the stems spreading to erect, freely branched, 1-5 dm. tall, mostly glabrous.


Leaves alternate, green on both surfaces without mealy excrescence, often becoming reddish-tinged, the blades sub-entire to deeply dentate, deltoid- or rhombic-ovate, 1.5-6 cm. long, narrowed abruptly to a slender petiole shorter or longer than the blade.


Flowers sessile and tightly clustered in short, simple axillary spikes and a freely compounded terminal spike; perianth cleft to about the middle, the 3-5 lobes ovate, rounded.


Fruits oval in outline, strongly compressed, 0.8-1 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Oxybasis rubra (L.) S. Fuentes, Uotila & Borsch

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Chenopodium rubrum L. [FNA4, HC]
var. humilis – marshland goosefoot
var. rubra – red goosefoot
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Oxybasis rubra in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Oxybasis rubra checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Oxybasis rubra atlas page.

CalPhotos: Oxybasis rubra photos.

USDA Plants: Oxybasis rubra information.

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