Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

(Amaranth or Pigweed Family)

The Amaranthaceae generally have clusters of many small flowers, with 4 or 5 sepals but no without any petals. The ovary is superior and matures as a capsule. The plants formerly within Chenopodiaceae are now included in the Amaranthaceae.

Alternanthera caracasana (Khaki Weed)
Amaranthus blitoides (Prostrate Pigweed)
Amaranthus hybridus (Green Pigweed)
Amaranthus palmeri (Carelessweed)
Bassia scoparia (Summer Cypress)
Blitum capitatum subsp. hastatum (Strawberry Blite)
Blitum virgatum (Leafy Goosefoot)
Atriplex canescens (Four-wing Salt Bush)
Atriplex elegans (Wheel Scale)
Chenopodiastrum simplex (Goosefoot)
Chenopodium album var. missouriense (Lamb's Quarter)
Chenopodium berlandieri (Pitted Goosefoot)
Chenopodium incanum (Mealy Goosefoot)
Chenopodium neomexicanum (New Mexico Goosefoot)
Dysphania botrys (Jerusalem Oak)
Dysphania graveolens (Fetid Goosefoot)
Froelichia gracilis (Slender Snakecotton)
Gomphrena caespitosa (Ball Clover)
Gomphrena nitida (Pearly Globe Amaranth)
Guilleminea densa (Small Matweed)
Krascheninnikovia lanata (Winterfat)
Salsola tragus (Tumbleweed, Russian Thistle)
*Tidestromia lanuginosa (Espanta Vaquero)

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