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Chenopodium atrovirens
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Pinyon Goosefoot
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Chenopodium atrovirens

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About Pinyon Goosefoot (Chenopodium atrovirens) Chenopodium atrovirens is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common names pinyon goosefoot and dark goosefoot. It is native to western North America, including southern Western Canada and most of the Western United States. It grows in many types of habitat, including open, sandy sites and disturbed areas, and in montane regions such as the Sierra Nevada, Peninsular Ranges, and Rocky Mountains. It is an annual herb growing an erect, branching stem up to about 60 centimeters tall, sometimes remaining much smaller. It is green to magenta in color and coated lightly in pinkish powdery dust. The leaves are oblong or oval and up to 3. 5 centimeters long. They have smooth edges and sometimes have a few lobes. The inflorescence is a rounded cluster of many minute flowers. Each tiny flower has five slightly powdery lobes in its corolla, each barely visible. The fruit is oval in shape and about a millimeter long, coating the tiny seed loosely.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.23 - 2 ft (0.07 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
43' - 11398'

Annual Precip. ?
5.0" - 100.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 3.92"

Coldest Month ?
22.8° F - 59.1° F

Hottest Month ?
42.8° F - 87.5° F

Humidity ?
0.89 vpd - 38.29 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Dark Goosefoot

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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