Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Lambsquarters
Tł’oh dei hałgaí
(a.k.a. lamb's quarters, Chenopodium missouriense, Aellen)

Red stem and inflorescence with leaf beneath it

Lambsquarters are an erect herb with dentate leaves. The glomerules are densely packed and 2/16 to 4/16 inch in diameter. There are five sepals which are farinose (dusty in appearance), keeled, and enclose the seed. The pericarp (seed covering) is densely adherent such that the seed tears before the pericarp will separate. This variety of Chenopodium albums the native one, and is distinguished by stiff panicles, dense glomerules without interrupted areas, and purplish nodes. Chenopodium album var. missouriense is found at roadsides.

*Description based on description from Western New Mexico University's Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness.

Rhomboid leaf, green with red-tinged tip and wavy margin
Underside of leaf with characteristic mealy appearance
Flower clusters, called glomerules, tinged with red
Full inflorescence with yellow-green-red flower glomerules

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