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

Dysphania botrys (L.) Mosyakin & Clemants
Jerusalem-oak (feather geranium; Jerusalem oak goosefoot)
Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
(Previously in Chenopodiaceae)

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems ascending to erect, solitary, freely branched from the base, 15-60 cm tall, copiously glandular-hairy, strongly aromatic.
Stem leaves alternate, fleshy, stalked, oblong to egg-shaped, 2-4 cm long, with shallowly to deeply toothed lobes, reduced upwards.
Inflorescence of numerous, small, greenish, paired, axillary clusters; flowering spikes up to 4/5 the total height of the plant.
Thin, whitish, membranous envelopes; seeds black, 0.6 mm wide, horizontal.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry roadsides, fields and waste places in the steppe and lower montane zones; frequent in SC BC, infrequent in SW BC; introduced from Eurasia.

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

Botrydium botrys (L.) Small
Chenopodium botrys L.
Teloxys botrys (L.) W.A. Weber

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