E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Chenopodium glaucum L.
oak-leaved goosefoot (oakleaf goosefoot)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems usually prostrate or low and spreading, numerous, branched from the base, 10-40 cm long.
Stem leaves alternate, pale green on upper surfaces, greyish-mealy below, gradually reduced upwards, oblong egg-shaped or deltoid, 1-3 cm long, coarsely toothed, narrowing to stout stalks, fleshy.
Inflorescence of dense clusters in numerous, short, axillary spikes and a terminal, simple or compound spike, greenish.
Thin, membranous envelopes flattened at the top, 0.8 mm wide; seeds mostly horizontal, some vertical.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides, waste places and saline or alkaline flats in the steppe and montane zones; frequent in SC and SE BC, rare in SW BC (Vancouver); introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Chenopodium glaucum

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) 730 910 1000
Slope Gradient (%) 0 23 68
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 120 152
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 4 6
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(3), SBS(1)


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.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Chenopodium glaucum subsp. euglaucum Aellen

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