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Desert Goosefoot
Chenopodium pratericola

About Desert Goosefoot (Chenopodium pratericola) Chenopodium pratericola is a species of flowering plant in the goosefoot family known by the common name desert goosefoot. It is native to much of western and central North America, where it grows in many types of open habitat, such as sagebrush, often on alkaline soils. It is an annual herb growing up to 65 to 80 centimeters tall, sometimes branching. It is powdery in texture, especially on the leaves and flowers. The leaves are oval to lance-shaped and some are lobed. The inflorescences are located in leaf axils and in panicles at the end of the stem. Each is a small, dense cluster of tiny flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.3 - 2.6 ft (0.4 - 0.8 m)

Flower Color

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
-15' - 8738'

Annual Precip. ?
2.9" - 98.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 3.64"

Coldest Month ?
29.4° F - 59.7° F

Hottest Month ?
56.9° F - 88.8° F

Humidity ?
0.92 vpd - 40.45 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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