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CHENOPODIACEAE

GOOSEFOOT FAMILY

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

APHANISMA


Species in genus: 1 sp
Etymology: (Greek: inconspicuous)

Native

A. blitoides Moq.

APHANISMA

Annual, fleshy, glabrous
Stems 1–many from base, 10–55 cm, decumbent to erect
Leaves gradually reduced; lower sessile; upper ± clasping; blade 8–40 mm, elliptic to ovate
Inflorescence axillary, sessile; flowers 1–3(5)
Flower bisexual; calyx lobes 3(–5), ± 1 mm, subequal, concave; stamen 1; style branches 3
Fruit ± 1 mm diam, depressed-spheric; equatorial margin ± thick, ring-like
Seed horizontal, black
Ecology: Coastal scrub, bluffs, sand
Elevation: < 100 m.
Bioregional distribution: s Central Coast, South Coast, Channel Islands
Distribution outside California: Baja California
See the CNPS Inventory for information about endangerment and rarity.
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