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Blitum capitatum (L.) Asch.

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Blitum capitatum ssp. capitatum

Species Information

Annual herb from a stout taproot; stems erect, several, branched, 20-80 cm tall, glabrous.
Leaves alternate, greenish on both surfaces, 2-10 cm long, triangular, arrowhead-shaped at the base.
Inflorescence of axillary, dense, spikelike clusters, green, becoming reddish and fleshy in fruit; fruiting clusters more than 4 mm wide at maturity.
Thin, membranous envelopes, laterally flattened; seeds erect, oblong, 0.9 mm long. vol2_8

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed areas and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; common throughout most of BC, rare W of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; N to AK, YT and NT, E to PQ and NS and S to PA, MN, NM and CA; also Eurasia; native status uncertain.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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