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Hians Goosefoot
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Chenopodium hians

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About Hians Goosefoot (Chenopodium hians) Chenopodium hians is a species of flowering plant in the amaranth family known by the common names hians goosefoot and gaping goosefoot. The Latin species name hians means "gaping". It is native to much of the western half of North America from British Columbia to California to Texas, where it grows in many types of open habitat, moist and dry, including disturbed areas such as roadsides. This is an annual herb growing an erect, branching stem up 80 centimeters in maximum height. It is powdery in texture, especially on the leaves and flowers. The leaves are up to 3 centimeters long, oval to lance-shaped with smooth edges. The inflorescence is a spike or panicle a few centimeters long made up of several clusters of tightly-packed tiny flowers. Each flower has five lobes and coats the developing fruit.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1 - 2.6 ft (0.3 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
254' - 10562'

Annual Precip. ?
9.9" - 74.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.18" - 2.69"

Coldest Month ?
26.7° F - 50.9° F

Hottest Month ?
48.9° F - 76.4° F

Humidity ?
1.11 vpd - 24.21 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Gaping 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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