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Chenopodium fremontii S. Watson
Fremont's Goosefoot
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Chenopodium fremontii var. fremontii

Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, solitary, much branched, 10-50 cm tall.
Stem leaves usually triangular with arrowhead-like lobes, entire except sometimes with a few teeth at the base, greenish on upper surfaces, usually greyish-mealy below, stalked, 1-4 cm long, rounded to pointed.
Inflorescence of dense clusters in large terminal and smaller lateral spikes, densely mealy, without stalks.
Thin, membranous envelopes, 1 mm wide; seeds obtusely margined, slightly roughened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadside banks, calcareous cliff bases or open forests in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in S BC east of the Coast-Cascade Mountains; E to AB and S to TX, CA and MX.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Chenopodium fremontii

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 545 881 1370
Slope Gradient (%) 25 58 85
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
125 187 225
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: IDF(1), MS(1), PP(2)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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