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Nettle-leaf Goosefoot - Chenopodium murale
Other Names:  Nettleleaf Goosefoot, Chenopodiastrum murale

Non-native Species

Global Rank: GNR
State Rank: SNA
* (see State Rank Reason below)

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 0

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State Rank Reason (see State Rank above)
Reported for Montana, thought its occurrence in the state is not certain.
  • Details on Status Ranking and Review
    Nettle-leaf Goosefoot (Chenopodium murale) Conservation Status Review
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General Description
Stems erect, branched, 1-6(-10) dm, glabrous (to sparsely farinose when young); proximal branches decumbent. Petiole 1-2.5 cm; blade triangular, ovate, or rhombic-ovate, 0.8-4(-8) × 0.4-3(-5) cm, base cuneate to rounded, margins irregularly dentate, apex acute to acuminate, glabrous (rarely indistinctly farinose when young). Inflorescences glomerules in terminal and lateral panicles, 6-7 × 4-5 cm; glomerules subglobose, 2-4 mm diam., or some flowers not in glomerules; bracts absent. Flowers: perianth segments 5, distinct nearly to base; lobes ovate, 0.5-0.8 × 0.6-0.7 mm, apex acute to obtuse, keeled abaxially, farinose, covering fruit at maturity; stamens 5; stigmas 2, 0.2 mm. Achenes depressed-ovoid, pustulate, becoming smooth with maturity. Seeds lenticular, round, 1-1.5 mm diam.; seed coat black, minutely rugose to ± smooth (Welsh, 2003, Fl. North America, Vol. 4).

Range Comments
Across much of North America; in MT restricted to several counties in the western third of the state (Kartesz 2009).

Waste places, roadsides, clay mounds, open oak woods, prairies, rocky hillsides, along railways (Welsh, 2003, Fl. North America, Vol. 4).

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