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

Dysphania pumilio (R. Br.) Mosyakin & Clemants
Australian goosefoot (clammy goosefoot)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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© Robert Flogaus-Faust  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #26241)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems prostrate to ascending, solitary, freely branched from the base, 20-40 cm tall/long.
Stem leaves alternate, fleshy, stalked, oblong or lanceolate, 1-3 cm long, 2-4 coarse teeth on each side, with numerous yellow glands below, aromatic, reduced upwards.
Inflorescence of numerous axillary clusters, greenish.
Thin, whitish, membranous envelopes; seeds lens-shaped with a raised margin, laterally flattened, 0.5-0.6 mm wide, erect.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry beaches, lake shorelines and disturbed areas in the montane zone; rare in SE BC, known only from the Christina Lake area; introduced from Australia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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 carinatum auct. non R. Br. [misapplied]
Chenopodium pumilio R. Br.
Teloxys pumilio (R. Br.) W.A. Weber

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