It is native to much of the western half of North America from British Columbia to California to Texas, where it grows in many types of open habitat, moist and dry, including disturbed areas such as roadsides.
This is an annual herb growing an erect, branching stem up 80 centimeters in maximum height. It is powdery in texture, especially on the leaves and flowers. The leaves are up to 3 centimeters long, oval to lance-shaped with smooth edges. The inflorescence is a spike or panicle a few centimeters long made up of several clusters of tightly-packed tiny flowers. Each flower has five lobes and coats the developing fruit.
- Calflora Database: Chenopodium hians (gaping goosefoot, hians goosefoot)
- USDA Plants Profile for Chenopodium hians (hians goosefoot)
- Jepson Manual eFlora (TJM2) treatment of Chenopodium hians[permanent dead link]
- Flora of North America
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