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Chenopodium desertorum

Citation: J. Black, Fl. S. Aust. 181 (1924).

Synonymy: C. microphyllum F. Muell. var. desertorum J. Black, Trans. R. Soc. S. Aust. 46:566 (1922).

Common name: None

Annual or perennial herbs, prostrate to erect, branching from the base, mealy; leaves opposite or alternate, subsessile or prominently petiolate; lamina elliptic, deltoid, hastate or orbicular, 5-20 mm long.

Inflorescence of small cymes aggregated into narrow or broad panicles; flowers sessile, depressed-globular, 1-2 mm diam.; terminal flowers male or bisexual; lateral flowers female; perianth-segments 5, shortly united at the base, densely mealy outside; stamens 5, united into a circular disk which is sparsely pubescent within.

Fruit enveloped by the perianth; pericarp membranous to succulent; seed horizontal, lenticular, with a rounded margin, 1-1.5 mm diam., testa almost smooth to slightly rugulose or striate, black.

Conservation status: native

Flowering time: No flowering time is available

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Biology: No text

Key to Infraspecific taxa:
1. Perianth covered with glistening irregularly shaped vesicular hairs
subsp. desertorum 6a.
1. Perianth covered with dull grey to white vesicular hairs
2. Plant prostrate to recumbent; leaves up to 10 mm long; flowers c. 1 mm diam., in short inflorescences
subsp. microphyllum 6c.
2. Plant erect; leaves 5-20 mm long; flowers 1-2 mm diam., inflorescence usually exceeding the terminal leaves
3. Branches slender, straight and rigid; leaves small (to 10 mm long), orbicular to obovate, sparsely mealy; flowers small (c. 1 mm diam.) sparsely to moderately covered with sessile vesicular hairs .
subsp. rectum 6d.
3. Branches straight or flexuose; leaves various, densely mealy (at least below); flowers with globular or branched often stipitate hairs .
subsp. anidiophyllum 6b.

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