Nomenclature
Scientific Name:
Chenopodium nutans (R.Br.) S.Fuentes & Borsch, Molec. Phylogen. Evol. 62 (2012)
Synonymy:
  • Einadia nutans (R.Br.) A.J.Scott, Feddes Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 89: 3 (1978)
 Description

Sprawling or low scrambling herb, often forming dense mounds;  young parts farinose.  Stems wiry, angled, often intertwining, sometimes to  c. 1 m long.  Lvs with petioles to 10 mm long, slender, alternate or opposite.  Lamina 8–30 × 3–20–(25) mm, mostly hastate or narrow-triangular, but otherwise entire, green or somewhat glaucescent;  apex ± acute;  upper lvs becoming lanceolate with cuneate base.  Fls in short terminal and axillary spikes;  each glomerule subtended by a small linear-subulate bract.  Perianth segments  c. 0.5 mm long, broad-elliptic, green with narrow membranous margin, becoming  c. 1–1.5 mm long, crimson, and ± succulent at fruiting.  Stamens 1–3.  Fr. 2.5–3 mm diam.; pericarp globular or nearly so, crimson, fleshy.  Seed  c. 1.2 mm diam., circular, flattened, shining, black, striated.  

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4. as Einadia nutans (R.Br.) A.J.Scott]

 Biostatus
Exotic
 Phenology

Flowering: Nov.–Mar.

 Bibliography
Fuentes-Bazan, S.; Mansion, G.; Borsch, T. 2012: Towards a species level tree of the globally diverse genus Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 62: 359–374.
Fuentes-Bazan, S.; Uotila, P.; Borsch, T. 2012: A novel phylogeny-based generic classification for Chenopodium sensu lato, and a tribal rearrangement of Chenopodioideae (Chenopodiaceae). Willdenowia 42: 5–24.
Scott, A.J. 1978: Rhagodiinae: a new subtribe in the Chenopodiaceae. Feddes Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 89: 1–12.