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Narrowleaf Goosefoot - Chenopodium desiccatum
Other Names:  Chenopodium leptophyllum var. oblongifolium

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Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 4

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General Description
Stems erect to ascending, branched from the base, farinose, 5–15 cm. Leaf blades densely farinose, somewhat fleshy, narrowly lanceolate, 1–2 cm long, the lower 3-veined with entire margins. Inflorescence glomerules in dense terminal and axillary panicles. Flowers: calyx of 5 distinct segments, ca. 1 mm long; stamens 5. Seed flattened-globose, warty, 0.8–1.1 mm across (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
In MT scattered mostly in the eastern two-thirds of the state; AB south to CA, CO, and TX (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 15

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  • 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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    • Seipel, T.F. 2006. Plant species diversity in the sagebrush steppe of Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 87 p.
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