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Coastal Goosefoot
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About Coastal Goosefoot (Chenopodium littoreum) Chenopodium littoreum is an uncommon species of flowering plant in the amaranth family. It is endemic to California, known only from sections of the coastline of central California, in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Several characteristics separate this plant from any other Chenopodium. Specimens of the plant have been long mistaken for introductions of Chenopodium carnosulum, a South American species. Studies indicate it is different in a number of characteristics and it was described as a new species in 2010. Chenopodium littoreum is an annual herb forming prostrate mats on coastal dunes. The leaves are lance-shaped or elliptic in shape and borne on short petioles. They are rarely lobed. They are light green in color and coated with powdery exudate. The flowers are only about a millimeter in diameter and consistently have five yellow stamens.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
0.16 - 1.3 ft (0.05 - 0.4 m)

Flower Color
Yellow

Native Status
Natural Setting
Elevation ?
23' - 1450'

Annual Precip. ?
13.6" - 23.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.20" - 0.31"

Coldest Month ?
42.0° F - 50.6° F

Hottest Month ?
62.2° F - 75.9° F

Humidity ?
0.89 vpd - 23.44 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available


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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