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Red Goosefoot

Oxybasis rubra

  • Name also: Coastblite Goosefoot
  • Latin synonym: Chenopodium rubrum
  • Family: Amaranth Family – Amaranthaceae
    (formerly Goosefoot Family – Chenopodiaceae)
  • Growing form: Annual herb.
  • Height: 5–70 cm (2–28 in.).
  • Flower: Regular, small, approx. 1 mm (0.04 in.) across. Perianth reddish and hairless, usu. with 3 segments (sometimes 4 or 5). Perianth-segments with membranous margins and rounded tips. Dense, axillary flower clusters often somewhat hairy. Carpels fused, gynoecium usu. 2-styled. Stamens usually 5.
  • Leaves: Alternate, ovate to triangular, hairless, margins usu. with large, pointed teeth. Stalk shorter than blade.
  • Fruit: Thin-walled achene.
  • Habitat: Gardens, manure heaps, ports, rubbish tips, sugar beet fields.
  • Flowering time: July–September.

The species within subfamily Chenopodioideae are difficult to distinguish between. They often include several varieties whose identification usually requires the use of a microscope. One of the important distinguishing characters is the texture of the seed-coat. The genus is easily confused with oraches (Atriplex spp.). However, the latter have unisexual flowers and characteristic fruit-enclosing bracts.

Red goosefoot is often tinged with red all over. Besides the stem and perianth even the vegetative leaves are sometimes red. The stem may also be green-striped. The species is annual and, like many of its relatives, associated with old cultural influence. It prefers nitrogen-rich soil and thrives in vegetable gardens and rubbish tips, and near cowsheds.

Kyläsavikka

Oxybasis urbica (Chenopodium urbicum)

NOT TRANSLATED YET. Hyvin harvinaisena meillä tavattava kyläsavikka on yksi kolmesta meillä Suomessa tavattavasta mehisavikkalajista. Varmasti sitä ei voi tavata, tuurilla vaikka joutomailta ja satamien läheisyydestä. Kyläsavikka on niukkahaarainen, lehdet ovat kolmiomaisia, matalahampaisia, yläpuolelta kiiltäviä. Kukinto on hyvin vähälehtinen.

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