Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Desert Goosefoot + - Chenopodium pratericola   Rydberg
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AuthorRydberg
DistributionTwo specimens were collected in 1957 in Hoke County, one at the edge of a sandy woodland south of Raeford, the other by a railroad northwest of Dundarrach.

Native of the western and midwestern U.S. and Canada; adventive eastward.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatEdge of sandy woodland, along railroad.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-November.
IdentificationDesert Goosefoot may be told by this combination: plant strictly erect, linear to lance-shaped leaves, and flowers spread from the fruit at maturity (vs. enclose the fruit).
Taxonomic CommentsAlso known as C. desiccatum var. leptophylloides.

Members of the genus are often found in saline to brackish sites, but also fallow fields, waste lots, and other highly disturbed places. Each flower produces male and female parts plus a calyx; they are very small and not at all showy. Weakley's (2018) key must be used with care, and a dissecting scope is almost essential for successful identification.
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