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Pit-seed Goosefoot - Chenopodium berlandieri

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SU
C-value: 2

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General Description
Stems erect to ascending, simple or branched, farinose, 20–100 cm. Leaf blades farinose, lanceolate to triangular, 1–8 cm long; margins entire to dentate, sometimes hastate. Inflorescence glomerules, more than 4 mm across, in terminal and axillary compound spikes. Flowers: calyx segments 5, united at the base, 0.7–1.5 mm long; stamens 5. Seed flattened-globose, honeycomb pitted, 1–2 mm long (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
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Range Comments
In MT in the western and some central counties; native to and widespread native weed distributed throughout North America (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 50

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(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Roadsides, fields, disturbed grasslands; plains, valleys (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Quire, R.L. 2013. The sagebrush steppe of Montana and southeastern Idaho shows evidence of high native plant diversity, stability, and resistance to the detrimental effects of nonnative plant species. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 124 p.
    • Sater, S. 2022. The insects of Sevenmile Creek, a pictorial guide to their diversity and ecology. Undergraduate Thesis. Helena, MT: Carroll College. 242 p.
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