Chenopodium capitatum
 
Strawberry Blite

Whole Plant

Regina
02-September-2013

The fruit are arranged in globular clusters in the leaf axils.  The calyxes turns bright red making the infructescences resemble ripe strawberries.

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Capitatum: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this species. 
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plants annual; NOT [plants perennial]

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leaves 3-10 cm long; NOT [leaves 2-3 cm long]

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leaves sparsely or not at all farinose beneath; NOT [leaves densely white, farinose beneath, at least when young]

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flowers in large spicate glomerules; NOT [flowers in small clusters]

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calyx globular

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calyx fleshy

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calyx bright red in fruit, resembling a small strawberry

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stigmas less than 0.8 mm long

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pericarp adherent

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seeds vertical or occasionally horizontal in the same inflorescence; NOT [seeds horizontal, rarely vertical in the same inflorescence]

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seeds averaging less than 1.5 mm wide by 1.5 mm long; NOT [seeds averaging more than 1.5 mm wide by 1.5 mm long]

 

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Chenopodium Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora and Flora of Alberta leading to this genus. 
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herbs; NOT [shrubs]

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plants not prickly; NOT [plant prickly from the spine-tipped leaves and from bracts], NOT [plants with spiny branches]

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plants heavily encrusted with white or hyaline scales; NOT [plants lacking white or hyaline scales]

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stems not jointed

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stems scarcely fleshy; NOT [stems fleshy]

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stems not tomentose to densely villous

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leaves mostly alternate; NOT [leaves opposite]

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leaves slender, elongate, narrow, linear; NOT [leaves broad, often hastate], NOT [leaves scale-like]

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leaves not circular in cross section

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flowers lacking bracteoles

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NOT [flowers axillary and sunk into the fleshy stem]

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flowers perfect

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calyx with 3-5 sepals; NOT [calyx with only one sepal]

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mature calyx without wings or spines; NOT [mature calyx with wings, or minute spines]

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1-5 stamens; NOT [1-3 stamens]

 

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Chenopodiaceae: Answers to key questions in Budd's Flora  leading to this family. 
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herbs; NOT [shrubs or trees]

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land plants; NOT [water plants]

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plants not parasitic on trees, rooted in soil or water; NOT [plants parasitic on branches of trees]

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plants with more than one pair of leaves; NOT [plants with a single pair of large reniform leaves]

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leaves alternate, lower ones sometimes opposite; NOT [leaves opposite]

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leaves without stipules; NOT [leaves with stipules free or sheathing the stem]

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leaves not orbicular or reniform

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leaves not compound and not very deeply divided; NOT [leaves compound or simple, but very deeply divided]

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flowers numerous

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membranous bracts absent; NOT [bracts dry and membranous]

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flowers small

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flowers greenish; NOT [flowers colored]

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perianth segments 2-5; NOT [perianth segments 6, in two series]

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perianth segments greenish; NOT [perianth segments dry and membranous]

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stamens and pistils in each flower; NOT [stamens or pistils in separate flowers on the same plant]

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fruit dry when ripe; NOT [fruit fleshy when ripe]