SPECIES DESCRIPTION
CHENOPODIUM OPULIFOLIUM       

Family:- AMARANTHACEAE

Common Name:- Grey goosefoot.

Synonyms:- Chenopodium album var. opulifolium, Chenopodium album
subsp. opulifolium, Vulvaria opulifolia.

Meaning:- Chenopodium (Gr) Goose-foot.
                  Opulifolium (L) Opulus-leaved, with leaves resembling the guelder
rose.

General description:- Herbaceous plant, Annual.

Stems:-
   a) 60-150 cm.
   b) erect, much-branched.
   c) green to almost white, rarely red-tinged, more or less grey-farinose.

Leaves:-
   a) at least the middle and lower rhombic-ovate, almost as wide as long, usually   
       with a short, prominent lobe on each side, otherwise entire or with several
       teeth.

Flowers:-
1) Inflorescence:
   a) a very grey-farinose panicle.
2) Sepals:
   a) keeled.
 
Fruit:-
1) Seeds:
   a) 11-15 mm diam.
   b) obtusely keeled.
   c) testa not pitted.

Key features:-
1) Most leaves more than 1.5 times as long as broad, 3-lobed.
2) Inflorescence variously covered with a meal-like powder (farinose), with small,
narrow leaves in the lower part.

Habitat:- Cultivated places, waste ground, waysides. 0-600 m.

Distribution:- Widespread across the Mediterranean region and C Europe. Limited
distribution on Crete, mainly around the C & E coastal areas.

Flowering time:- May-Oct.

Photos by:- Thomas Giannakis