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Chenopodium ambrosioides



Not native to Florida


This native of tropical America can now be found in disturbed sites throughout most of Florida. It is now introduced in nearly all of the lower 48 states except for Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Wyoming. Also introduced in Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.
Flowers are tiny in spike-like clusters. There are five green sepals, but no petals. The five stamens have thick white anthers that present the appearance of petals. Stems are grooved, mostly erect, often branched to about a meter tall (~ 3') can be up to 1.5m (5'). Leaves are alternate, petioled, lanceolate to lance-elliptic, toothed and dotted with minute glands on the lower surface. The plant has a pungent odor.

Chenopodium ambrosioides is a member of the Amaranthaceae - Amaranth family.

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native Florida Plants
Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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