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Dieter H. Wilken, except as specified

Annual to tree, sometimes monoecious or dioecious, glandular or with bead-like hairs that collapse with age, becoming scaly or powdery
Stem often fleshy
Leaves generally alternate, entire to lobed; veins generally pinnate
Inflorescence: raceme, spike, catkin-like, or spheric cluster, or flower 1; bracts 0–few
Flower: sepals 1–5, often 0 in pistillate flowers, free or fused, generally persistent in fruit; petals 0; stamens 0–5; ovary generally superior, chamber 1, ovule 1, styles 1–3
Fruit: generally utricle
Seed 1, vertical (fruit compressed side-to-side) or horizontal (fruit compressed top-to-bottom)
Genera in family: 100 genera, 1300 species: worldwide, especially deserts, saline or alkaline soils; some cultivated for food (Beta , beets, chard; Chenopodium , quinoa)
Recent taxonomic note: Recently treated in expanded Amaranthaceae


Annual to subshrub
Stem simple to much-branched
Leaves generally reduced upward, thread-like to subcylindric, generally becoming thick, ridged, spine-tipped
Inflorescence axillary; bracts 1–2; flowers generally 1 per axil
Flower bisexual; sepals 4–5, in fruit thickened, persistent, generally tubercled to winged; stamens generally 5, exserted, style branches generally 2, exserted
Fruit spheric to obovoid; top ± depressed
Seed generally horizontal
Species in genus: ± 100 species: ± worldwide
Etymology: (Latin: salty, from habitats)


S. damascena Botsch.

Shrub 60–100+ cm, generally puberulent
Stem branched ± throughout; branches ascending to erect
Leaves 3–9 mm, lower oblong; upper ovate, puberulent; tip obtuse to acute
Inflorescence: bract leaf-like, wing-margined
Flower: calyx 2–3 mm, wing ± 2 mm
Ecology: Clay soils, flats
Elevation: ± 1000 m.
Bioregional distribution: se Inner South Coast Ranges (Temblor Range)
Distribution outside California: native to nw Mediterranean
Synonyms: S. vermiculata L. misapplied

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