South of Sceptre
This plant is likely C. pratericola.
The 3-veined leaves with densely farinose leaf bottoms distinguish it from C.
subglabrum whose leaves are mostly 1-veined and lightly farinose to almost
The 3-veined leaves also distinguish it from C.
leptophyllum, whose leaves are 1-nerved. In addition, the leaves of C.
pratericola are narrowly lanceolate or oblong, sometimes slightly lobed at
the base, and often over 4 mm broad. The leaves of C. leptophyllum
are linear, entire, and mostly less than 4 mm broad.
The rest of the points in the keys leading to Chenopodium
pratericola are as follows:
leaves grayish mealy, especially below
leaves small, linear to ovate, entire
or with small teeth or lobes; NOT large, broadly ovate, with 2 or 3
large triangular lobes or teeth on each side
leaves linear to lanceolate or oblong,
entire or with small teeth near the base, short-petioled
leaves 1-3 nerved
herbs or low spineless shrubs
plants neither spiny nor with
plants may be glabrous, scurfy or
pubescent; but NOT with long, soft hairs
leaves slender, elongate, mostly
alternate; NOT scale-like, opposite
leaves not circular in cross section
leaves not fleshy, sometimes linear but
usually wider, flat, often toothed or lobed, usually scurfy or pubescent
(Not all these points apply to all genera in Chenopodiaceae, but they
all do apply to genus Chenopodium.)
plants terrestrial, but sometimes
growing in marshy places
plants with stems or stemless, but with
more than one pair of leaves
leaves without stipules
leaves not compound and not very deeply
leaves not orbicular or reniform