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Annual to subshrub; monoecious and/or dioecious; occasionally spiny; hairs simple (branched).
Leaf: blade simple, alternate or opposite, margins entire or serrate; veins pinnate; stipules 0.
Inflorescence: axillary or terminal; 3-flowered cymes in dense spikes, heads or panicles; bracts 0 or 1–5, persistent; bractlets 0–2.
Flower: bisexual or unisexual, small, green (± white), yellow or purple; perianth parts 0 or (1)3–5, free or fused basally, scarious or hardened, persistent; stamens 1–5, opposite perianth parts, free or basally fused as a tube, generally unequal, occasionally alternate with appendages on stamen tubes (pseudostaminodes), anthers 2- or 4-chambered; ovary superior, chamber 1; ovule 1 (2–many); style (0)1–3, stigmas 1–3(5).
Fruit: utricle; generally with persistent perianth or bracts.
Seed: 1 [2+], small, lenticular to spheric, smooth or dotted to striate or tubercled.
± 75 genera, 900 species: cosmopolitan, especially disturbed, arid, saline or alkaline soils; some cultivated for food, ornamental; many naturalized, ruderal or agricultural weeds. [Müller & Borsch 2005 Ann Missouri Bot Gard 92:66–102] Amaranthaceae including Chenopodiaceae by some. Polycnemoideae, represented in CA by Nitrophila, formerly considered subfamily of Chenopodiaceae, but needs further research. Guilleminea densa (Willd.) Moq. var. aggregata Uline & W.L. Bray is a waif. Froelichia gracilis (Hook.) Moq. is an historical waif. —Scientific Editors: Douglas H. Goldman, Bruce G. Baldwin.
Unabridged references: [Kadereit et al. 2003 Int J Plant Sci 164:959–986; Robertson 1981 J Arnold Arbor 62:267–313]
Key to Amaranthaceae
Perennial, generally prostrate, soft-hairy to woolly, hairs simple.
Leaf: opposite; petioled; blade linear or lanceolate to spoon-shaped or ovate, margins entire.
Inflorescence: axillary, sessile, few-flowered heads; bracts, bractlets membranous, white, glabrous, persistent.
Flower: bisexual; perianth bell-shaped, perianth parts 5, fused ± 1/2, 1-veined; stamens 5, filaments fused basally into tube attached to top of perianth tube, anthers 2-chambered, pseudostaminodes 0; ovary ovoid, ovule 1, style 1, ± 0.2 mm, stigmas 2-lobed, spheric.
Fruit: utricle, wall membranous.
Seed: 1 lenticular to spheric, smooth, shiny.
± 5 species: s US to South America. (Antoine Guillemin, French botanist, explorer, 1796–1842) [Henrickson 1987 Sida 12:307–337]
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Citation for an individual treatment: [Author of taxon treatment] [year]. [Taxon name] in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora, [URL for treatment]. Accessed on [month, day, year].
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