Oak-Leaf Goosefoot
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Oak-Leaf Goosefoot
A Native Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Oak-Leaf Goosefoot
Botanical name: Oxybasis glauca    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Chenopodium glaucum, Botrys glaucus, Orthospermum glaucum

Oak-Leaf Goosefoot is an annual herb, 20-40 cm tall, with stem prostrate and rising up, green or purple-red striped, ribbed. Leaf-stalks are 5-10 mm; leaf blade oblong-ovate to lanceshaped, 2-4 x 0.6-2 cm, fleshy, below gray-white powdery, sometimes slightly reddish purple, above hairless, base narrowed, margin irregularly jagged to toothed, tip pointed or blunt; midvein prominent, yellow-green. Flowers are tiny, bisexual and female, usually several per glomerule, arranged on branches in spikes or panicles, these shorter than leaves and interrupted. Tepals are 3 or 4, light green, narrowly oblong or obovate-lanceshaped, less than 1 mm, slightly fleshy, tip usually blunt. Stamens 1 or 2, anthers spherical. Utricle is protruding from flower. Oak-Leaf Goosefoot is found in Temperate Eurasia including the Himalaya and Australia. Flowering: May-October.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Nubra Valley, Ladakh.

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