Chenopodium desertorum subsp. virosum Paul G.Wilson

Nuytsia 4: 197 (1983) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Prostrate or decumbent perennial, odorous (with the smell of rotting fish) when crushed. Stems and leaves densely covered with grey, globoid or saucer-shaped vesicular hairs; leaves petiolate, narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse at apex. Inflorescence not exceeding terminal leaves; tepals covered on outer surface with globose or saucer-shaped vesicular hairs; pericarp membranous to succulent. Seed c. 1.5 mm diam.

CVU, MuF, VRiv. Also NSW. Recorded in Victoria on the basis of an 1878 collection purportedly from Daylesford. However, the remoteness from the main centre of distribution of the subspecies (south-central New South Wales), and the lack of contemporary observations suggests that the Victorian record may be a result of confusion of labels.

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.
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chenopodium desertorum subsp. virosum in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chenopodium desertorum subsp. virosum in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native