by Stephen Mifsud
   6 May 2021      ()
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Chenopodium opulifolium   (Grey Goosefoot)

Chenopodium opulifolium  (AMARANTHACEAE.) 
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Profile Date Oct-2010 (last update: 12-Jan-2019)
Citation for this page Mifsud, S. (Oct-2010) Chenopodium opulifolium retrieved from on 2021-May-06

Nomenclature and Basic Information

Species name :

Chenopodium opulifoliumSchrad. ex W.D.J.Koch & Ziz
Published in Fl. Palat. 6 (1814)

Synonyms :
(basionym or principal syn.)

Chenopodium album subsp. opulifolium (Schrad. ex W.D.J.Koch & Ziz) Batt.
Full list of synonyms : [Euro+Med] [PlantList] [IPNI] [POWO] [Catalogue of Life ]

Plant Family :

Amaranthaceae Juss. (The Amaranth Family)
42 species from the Amaranthaceae family are recorded from the Maltese Islands.

English name(s) :

Grey Goosefoot, Seaport Goosefoot

Maltese name(s) :

Għobbejra griża

Status for Malta :

Indigenous. Present on the Maltese islands before man

Frequency :

Very Common     Common     Frequent     Scarce     Rare     Very rare     Extinct

Growth form :

Raunkiaer lifeform [info]: THEROPHYTE (annuals)
Germination [info]: Dicotyledon

Legal Protection [link]:

Not Protected by Law (LN200/2011 or LN311/2006)

Red List (1989) :

Not listed in the Red Data Book of the Maltese Islands

Flowering Time :


Colour of Flowers:


Species Description and Distribution

Habitat in Europe:

Data will be available in the next update of this website.

Preferred habitat in Malta:

Fallow fields, field margins and disturbed sites beside agricultural areas

Botanical Description:

Annual 60-150 cm, erect, much-branched, green to almost white, rarely red-tinged, more or less grey-farinose. Leaves (at least middle and lower rhombic-ovate, almost as wide as long, usually with a short, prominent lobe on each side, otherwise entire or with several teeth. Inflorescence a very grey-farinose panicle. Sepals keeled. Seeds 1.1-1.5 mm in diameter, obtusely keeled; testa not pitted.

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Distributional range:

S.,C. & S.E. Europe

Distributional map in Europe
and the Mediterranean region (2018):

Occurrences in Europe.
(from Flora Europaea pre year 1993):

Albania, Austria and Liechtenstein, the Balaeric Islands, Bulgaria, Corse, Crete, Czeck Republic and Slovakia, France (incl. Monaco and Channel Islands but excluding Corse), Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Spain (incl. Andorra but excl. the Balaerics), Hungary, Italy (excl. Sicily and Sardignia), ex-Jugoslavia, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Russia and former USSR, Sardinia, Sicily and/or Malta, Turkey (European part), Introduced in  Belgium, Sweden

Occurrences in Europe and the Mediterranean region.
(Euro+Med Checklist, 2017) - Country codes

Ab(A) AE Ag Al Ar Au(A) Az(C M S) BH Bl(I M N) Bu Cg Co Cr Cs Ct Cy Eg Ga(F) Ge Gr He Hs(S) Hu Ir It Jo Le Lu Ma Md(M P) Mk Mo Rf(CS K S) Rm Sa Si(M S) Sk Sl Sr Sy Tn Tu(A E) Uk(K U) [aAz(C) nAz(M S) nBe(B) aBr nBy aDa aEs aFe -Hb(E) nLa Lt aNo nPo Rf(C E K NW) Sk aSn nSu]

Images (9 images)
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-0.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-1.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-2.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-3.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-4.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-5.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-6.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-7.
   Chenopodium opulifolium   -   Image Code: CHNOP-8.

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