Beta

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Introduced

Annual to perennial glabrous herbs. Leaves flat, entire. Inflorescence spike- or panicle-like with flowers sessile, solitary or in small clusters, each flower or cluster subtended by a bract and a pair of bracteoles; flowers bisexual; perianth 5-lobed in upper half, tubular and connate with ovary in lower part; stamens 5; stigmas 2 or 3. Fruit often adhering together by the swollen receptacle and perianth segments; seed horizontal, testa crustaceous.

About 7 species of Europe and Asia, 1 naturalised in Australia.

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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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
Higher taxa
genus Beta
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