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Strawberry Goosefoot - Chenopodium capitatum
Other Names:  Blitum capitatum

Native/Non-native Species
(depends on location or taxa)

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR
C-value: 3

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General Description
Stems erect, 5–50 cm. Leaf blades green, fleshy, glabrous, triangular-hastate, to 8 cm long with entire to crenate margins. Inflorescence glomerules 3–10 mm in diameter, in upper leaf axils and a terminal spike. Flowers: calyx 3- to 5-parted, segments red, nearly distinct, <1 mm long; stamens 3. Seed punctate, ca. 1 mm (Lesica et al. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Diagnostic Characteristics
Montana has two varieties of Chenopodium capitatum:

* Variety capitatum
* Variety parvicapitatum

Range Comments
Throughout most of the boreal and north-temperate portions of North America (Lesica et al. 2022; Clemants and Mosyakin in Flora of North America [FNA] 2003).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 11

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

In Montana plants have been found along roadsides and in disturbed fields within the plains and valleys zones (Lesica et al. 2022).

  • Literature Cited AboveLegend:   View Online Publication
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 2003. Flora of North America North of Mexico, Volume 4, Magnoliophyta: Caryophyllidae, Part 1. Oxford University Press, New York. 584 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2022. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, Second Edition. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 779 p.
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    • Clark, D. 1991. The effect of fire on Yellowstone ecosystem seed banks. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 115 pp.
    • Culver, D.R. 1994. Floristic analysis of the Centennial Region, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Montana State University, Bozeman. 199 pp.
    • Jones, W. W. 1901. Preliminary flora of Gallatin County. M.S. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State College. 78 pp.
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