Chenopodium glaucum L.

Glaucous Goosefoot

Sp. Pl. 220 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Uncertain

Prostrate to erect annual, to c. 40 cm high. Leaves usually fleshy, petiolate, rhombic to ovate, occasionally hastate, 10–45 mm long, 8–30 mm wide, margins sinuate or irregularly lobed, rarely quite entire, upper surface glabrous, often with a brownish cast when young, lower surface mealy, grey or white. Flowers clustered in axils or in interrupted racemes or panicles; terminal flowers bisexual, tepals 3, less commonly 4 or 5, free, stamens mostly 1–3, rarely to 5, seed horizontal; lateral flowers female or bisexual with 1 stamen, seed erect. Seed circular, rounded at margin, c. 1 mm diam., reddish-brown to black. Flowers Dec.–May.

CVU, EGL, Glep, Gold, HNF, HSF, LoM, MuM, OtP, OtR, VRiv, VVP, WPro, Wim, *GipP. Also WA, SA, NSW, Tas. Cosmopolitan. Frequently associated with saltmarshes of the coast and inland, occasional around lake margins and ephemeral water-bodies (often saline or subsaline) on heavier soils, mostly southern and western, with a disjunct occurrence at Lake Omeo near Benambra.

Chenopodium glaucum is a variable species, and it is probable that some forms of the speices are native and other forms are naturalised. Among the potentially native elements include subsp. ambiguum, supposedly differing in having flowers in leafy racemes, and the seed with an obtuse margin. However, these features do not appear to be consistent in both European and native Australian specimens.

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2020-09-07
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phylum Tracheophyta
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genus Chenopodium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chenopodium glaucum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chenopodium glaucum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present uncertain
Murray Mallee present uncertain
Wimmera present uncertain
Glenelg Plain present uncertain
Victorian Volcanic Plain present uncertain
Victorian Riverina present uncertain
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present uncertain
Goldfields present uncertain
Central Victorian Uplands present uncertain
East Gippsland Lowlands present uncertain
Wilsons Promontory present uncertain
Highlands-Southern Fall present uncertain
Highlands-Northern Fall present uncertain
Otway Ranges present uncertain