Chenopodium pratericola

South of Sceptre
27-July-2002

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Pratericola Characteristics
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plants white-mealy

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leaves grayish mealy, especially below

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flower clusters both terminal and axillary, usually longer than the leaves

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calyx not fleshy, even in fruit

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calyx usually greenish; NOT red and NOT strawberry-like

 

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Chenopodium Characteristics
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herbs or low spineless shrubs

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stems scarcely fleshy, not jointed

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plants neither spiny nor with spine-tipped leaves

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plants may be glabrous, scurfy or pubescent; but NOT with long, soft hairs

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flowers not sunk into a fleshy stem

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no flowers with enclosing bracts

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fruiting calyx not developing horizontal scarious wings

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calyx lobes not forming slender hooked spines, but may be horned or narrowly winged

 

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Chenopodiaceae Characteristics
(Not all these points apply to all genera in Chenopodiaceae, but they all do apply to genus Chenopodium.)
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herbs

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plants terrestrial, but sometimes growing in marshy places

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plants with stems or stemless, but with more than one pair of leaves

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flowers small, numerous, greenish

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flowers not subtended by scarious bracts

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flowers with only one floral ring, with sepals but not petals

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perianth segments greenish

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sepals herbaceous or fleshy