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Scented Goosefoot

Dysphania schraderiana
Chenopodium schraderiana

Dysphania schraderiana, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a farm plot near Eldoret, Kenya, Africa. December 2012.

HERBACEOUS: Tall weed, sometimes surpassing 1 m with several stems.

FLOWERS: The flowers are very small, green and set into axillary clusters. The flowering stems have reduced leaves and appear spike-like.

LEAVES: Leaves are pinnately lobed and covered with small, gland-tipped hairs. The glands release very strong, aromatic compounds.

RANGE: This plant is found in many parts of the Eastern Hemisphere and there is some confusion as to which varieties should be regarded as separate species. It is frequent in farms, gardens and disturbed soils.

FRUIT: Small seeds form singly from each of the many small flowers.


Chenopodiaceae -- Goosefoot Family
now placed as a Sub-Family within the Amaranthaceae

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 10 June 2013