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Aridland Goosefoot Back to Plant Page
Chenopodium desiccatum

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About Aridland Goosefoot (Chenopodium desiccatum) Chenopodium desiccatum is a species of flowering plant in the goosefoot family known by the common names aridland goosefoot and slimleaf goosefoot. It is native to parts of western North America, including sections of the Western United States and southern Western Canada. It grows naturally in open land such as prairie and dunes, chaparral, adapts well to disturbed areas such as roadsides, and in montane habitats such as in the Transverse Ranges and Sierra Nevada of California. Chenopodium desiccatum is an annual herb producing an erect, branching stem up to about 35 centimeters in maximum height. It is powdery in texture, especially on the leaves and flowers. The fleshy leaves are less than 3 centimeters long and generally oval in shape with a smooth edge. The inflorescence is an array of tightly-packed clusters of tiny flowers. Each dusty flower has a five-lobed corolla which encloses the developing fruit.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.39 - 1.2 ft (0.12 - 0.37 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
26' - 10843'

Annual Precip. ?
3.2" - 80.4"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 2.56"

Coldest Month ?
22.1° F - 59.3° F

Hottest Month ?
46.8° F - 88.4° F

Humidity ?
1.17 vpd - 39.51 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Slimleaf 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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