Chenopodium desertorum (J.M.Black) J.M.Black

Frosted Goosefoot

Fl. South Australia 181 (1924), sensu J.H. Willis, Handb. Pl. Victoria 2:87 (1973)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Prostrate or erect annual or perennial, variably mealy grey. Leaves opposite or alternate, sessile or petiolate, deltoid to almost circular, c. 5–10 mm long, margins entire, mealy grey-white on lower or both surfaces. Flowers clustered, in short spikes or panicles; terminal flowers male or bisexual, lateral flowers female; tepals 5, densely mealy on outer surface, shortly united at base or to near midway; stamens 5, united at base; pericarp membranous or thinly succulent, persistent. Seed horizontal, black, 1–1.5 mm diam., smooth or granular, remaining enclosed by fruiting perianth at maturity.

CVU, EGU, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, MSB, NIS, RobP, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, Wim.

4 subspecies in Victoria.

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, 2019-12-04
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chenopodium desertorum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chenopodium desertorum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Scroll Belt present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Victorian Alps present native