California Goosefoot

Common Names:
California Goosefoot
Scientific name:
Chenopodium californicum
Elevation range:
< 6,600 ft.
Flowering Months:
March, April, May, June
Height | Length:
< 3.5 ft.
Life Cycle | Lifeform:
Perennial
Ancestral Usage:
medicinal
State Occurrences:
Desert region:
Mojave

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California Goosefoot in the desert

Closer view of the inflorescence of Chenopodium californicum, conspicuously-veined large leaves, and thick caudex.  Pipes Canyon | March 2016

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California Goosefoot in the desert

Chenopodium californicum growing in the shade of a shrub to protect its large, tender leaves from excess sun. Pioneertown, CA | March 2016     

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California Goosefoot in the desert

Native Americans ate Chenopodium californicum leaves, as well as using parts of the plant for medicinal purposes and to make soap. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2, 2016   

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California Goosefoot in the desert

Chenopodium californicum has large toothed leaves and a spike of tiny pink flowers in clusters. Pipes Canyon, CA | March 2016    

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California Goosefoot in the desert

Chenopodium californicum grows in a variety of habitats, from chaparral to desert. Pioneertown, CA | March 2, 2016