Scientific Name:
Chenopodium opulifolium Schrad. ex W.D.J.Koch & Ziz (1814)

Erect, branched annual 0.5–3 m tall, farinose, at least when young and on lower surface of lvs, non-aromatic.  Petiole 1–2× lamina, slender;  lamina on flowering branches to 3 × 2 cm, broad-ovate, rhombic-ovate, slightly 3-lobed at base, green above, grey-farinose below, irregularly serrate-dentate;  base ± cuneate;  apex often obtuse;  upper lvs narrower, entire.  Infls narrow-paniculate, terminal and axillary, grey-farinose, leafless in uppermost part;  glomerules small,  c. 3 mm diam., very numerous and densely arranged. Perianth segments 0.5–1 mm long at anthesis, accrescent, somewhat imbricate; keel ± obtuse, green;  margin broadly hyaline.  Fr. almost completely invested by perianth;  pericarp easily removed.  Seed horizontal, 1.1–1.3 mm diam., circular, flattened;  margin obtuse;  testa glossy black, with rather faint longitudinal striations.  

[From:  Webb et al. (1988) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 4.]


Flowering: Jan.–Mar.