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Fremont's Goosefoot
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About Fremont's Goosefoot (Chenopodium fremontii) Chenopodium fremontii is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common name Fr mont's goosefoot. Both the species' specific epithet, and the common name derive from the 19th century western pioneer John C. Fr mont. It is native to much of the western half of North America from Canada through California to Mexico. It grows in many types of habitat from open desert, to shady forest, at 700-3,100 metres (2,300-10,200 ft). Chenopodium fremontii is an annual herb growing an erect stem up to 50 to 80 centimeters in maximum height. It is powdery in texture, especially on the leaves and flowers. The leaves are up to 4 centimeters long, oval to triangular, and generally with a few lobes. The inflorescence is a spike of several clusters of tightly-packed tiny flowers. Each flower has five lobes and coats the developing fruit. It flowers from June to October. Uses. Many Native American tribes utilize this plant for food, the greens as a vegetable and the seeds as grain for bread and porridge.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.6 - 2.6 ft (0.49 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color
Green

Native Status
Native

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
865' - 10229'

Annual Precip. ?
5.2" - 55.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.27" - 3.43"

Coldest Month ?
23.2° F - 52.7° F

Hottest Month ?
47.6° F - 81.3° F

Humidity ?
1.14 vpd - 33.99 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Fremont 's 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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