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

Blitum capitatum (L.) Asch.

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Species Information

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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


Ecological Framework for Blitum capitatum

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) 915 1072 1230
Slope Gradient (%) 1 9 17
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
210 262 315
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
4 5 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(1), SBPS(1)

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