Chenopodium ambrosioides L.

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Chenopodium ambrosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Chenopodium ambrosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Chenopodium ambrosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

Chenopodium ambrosioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vunduzi River near Mt Bunga, Gorongosa National Park.

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Common names: Wormseed (English)
Status: Introduced?
Erect much branched, aromatic annual herb, rarely a short-lived perennial, up to 180 cm high. Stems green, rarely tinged red. Leaves mostly lanceolate, 3-14 cm long, green, with numerous yellow glands, especially below; margin, particularly of the lower leaves, with up to 10 irregular teeth. Minute flowers in sessile yellowish clusters or 'glomerules' along the ultimate branches, together forming large branched heads.
Derivation of specific name: ambrosioides: resembling a species of Ambrosia, a genus in Asteraceae.
Habitat: As a weed of cultivated or disturbed areas, gardens and waste places, usually near rivers on sandy soil.
Altitude range: 1100 - 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, particularly in South America
Mozambique distribution: T,MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Thursday 29 December 2016

Brenan, J.P.M. (1988). Chenopodiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 140 - 142.

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 148.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 348. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 35.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 40.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 526 - 527. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 46.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 21. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Chenopodium ambrosioides
Flora of Malawi: Chenopodium ambrosioides
Flora of Zambia: Chenopodium ambrosioides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Chenopodium ambrosioides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chenopodium ambrosioides
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chenopodium ambrosioides
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The Plant List (version 1.1): Chenopodium ambrosioides
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Wikipedia: Chenopodium ambrosioides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Chenopodium ambrosioides., retrieved 17 November 2019

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