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Mealy Goosefoot

Chenopodium incanum

photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed along Camp Creek, n.e. Maricopa Co., Arizona. May 2008.

ANNUAL: Relatively robust late spring to summer annual with most plants one to two meters tall. Often branching below. Stems may have sections of beet-red coloration.

LEAVES: Leaves are triangular, sometimes with two lobes near base. Undersides are whitish and have a mealy texture due to coating of fine, granular, modified hairs.

RANGE: In the Sonoran Desert in Arizona and Mexico this plant is most likely to be found in riparian situations.

FRUIT: Small, single-seeded achenes.

FLOWERS: Green and appearing whitish due to abundance of powdery meal.

UNARMED. No spines.

Chenopodaceae -- Goosefoot Family

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