Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Nettleleaf Goosefoot - Chenopodiastrum murale   (L.) S. Fuentes Uotila & Borsch
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Author(L.) S. Fuentes Uotila & Borsch
DistributionWidely disjunct from the Piedmont to the Outer Banks. Collected only 3 times: 1916 north of Chapel Hill (Orange County), 1948 in Davidson (Mecklenburg County) -- incorrectly listed in SERNEC as Davidson County, and 1959 south of Whalebone Junction (Dare County).

Native of Eurasia and northern Africa; in N.A. mostly east of the Mississippi River, scattered to the West Coast.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatYard weed, edge of brackish pond.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-November.
IdentificationNettleleaf Goosefoot is a glabrate plant up to 2 feet tall. Leaves are well-stalked, broadly triangular or broadly ovate, with prominent marginal teeth. The inflorescences grow in upper leaf axils and terminally, in branched panicles. In contrast to the genus Chenopodium -- where it was formerly placed, Nettleleaf Goosefoot differs by this combination: flowers in clusters (glomerules), leaves broadly triangular or broadly ovate, leaves lack basal lobes, and seeds smooth (not pitted). Chenopodiastrum simplex has flowers occurring singly in the panicles, not in clusters.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly named as Chenopodium murale.

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