1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Chenopodium L.
      1. Chenopodium bengalense (Lam.) Spielm. ex Steud.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. India to Korea.

    [FZ]

    Chenopodiaceae, J. P. M. Brenan. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

    Habit
    Annual herb closely related to C. album, c. 1–3 m. high, erect, much branched, with young shoots suffused with a conspicuous vivid amaranth-purple, and densely clothed with mealy vesicular hairs; stems red-striped.
    Leaves
    Leaves (of inferior and middle parts of stem and branches) broadly rhombic-ovate, large, (5) 10–18 × (4.5) 10–16 cm., broadly cuneate-attenuate at base, rounded at apex; margins with about 15–30 shallow irregular teeth or lobes on each side, lowermost teeth or lobes not especially prominent; upper leaves and bracts becoming smaller narrower and subacute to acute at apex.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence an ample panicle of very numerous small spicately arranged flower-clusters (“glomerules”) 2–3 mm. in diam.; flowers green or reddish, 0.75–1.5 mm. in diam.
    Perianth
    Perianth segments 5, papillose with grey-mealy hairs outside, each with a prominent green keel in upper part.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5.
    Seeds
    Pericarp somewhat persistent, but easily rubbed or scraped off. Seeds black, shining, about 1–1.2 mm. in diam., bluntly keeled; testa (seen under microscope) marked with numerous irregular spaced radial furrows and with minor irregularities on surface between furrows, but giving a generally smoothish appearance.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    China North-Central, India, Korea, Manchuria, Nepal, Primorye, Tibet

    Introduced into:

    Algeria, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, China South-Central, Cuba, Egypt, France, Free State, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kriti, Libya, Madeira, Morocco, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Northern Provinces, Sicilia, Swaziland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe

    Chenopodium bengalense (Lam.) Spielm. ex Steud. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 16, 1933 Scheimer [629] Chenopodium giganteum K000898428
    Price, W.R. [1071], China Chenopodium giganteum K000898427
    Wight, R. [6952], India Chenopodium giganteum K000898430
    Wallich, N. [6952], India Chenopodium giganteum K000898431
    Cope, T.A. [RBG 11], Great Britain Chenopodium giganteum K000914050
    Cope, T.A. [ RBG 581], Great Britain Chenopodium giganteum K000914608

    First published in Nomencl. Bot., ed. 2, 1: 348 (1840)

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne. [Cited as Atriplex hortensis.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Sukhorukov, A.P. & Kushunina, M. (2014). Taxonomic revision of Chenopodiaceae in Nepal Phytotaxa 191: 10-44.
    • Chang, C.S., Kim, H. & Chang, K.S. (2014). Provisional checklist of vascular plants for the Korea peninsula flora (KPF): 1-660. DESIGNPOST.
    • Acevedo-Rodríguez, P. & Strong, M.T. (2012). Catalogue of seed plants of the West Indies Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 98: 1-1192.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2011). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 2: 1-429. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Boulos, L. (1999). Flora of Egypt 1: 1-419. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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