Chenopodium latifolium

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Chenopodium latifolium
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
Tribe: Atripliceae
Genus: Chenopodium
Species: C. latifolium
Binomial name
Chenopodium latifolium
(Benth.) S.Fuentes & Borsch
  • Rhagodia latifolia (Benth.) Paul G. Wilson
  • Rhagodia crassifolia var. latifolia Benth.[1]

Chenopodium latifolium[1] (Syn. Rhagodia latifolia) is a species of shrub endemic to midwest Western Australia.


It grows as a shrub from 40 centimetres to two metres high, leathery, elliptical leaves, and panicles of green flowers.[2]


It was first published as a variety of Rhagodia crassifolia by George Bentham in 1870, based on a specimen collected from Dirk Hartog Island by Allan Cunningham. In 1983 Paul G. Wilson promoted it to specific rank.[3] After phylogenetical research, Fuentes-Bazan et al. (2012) included this species in genus Chenopodium.[1]

Two subspecies are currently recognised:[1] the autonym Chenopodium latifolium subsp. latifolium, and Chenopodium latifolium subsp. rectum (Paul G. Wilson) S.Fuentes & Borsch, which was published by Wilson in 1983.[4]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

It occurs on coastal sand dunes and limestone cliff in midwest Western Australia, ranging from Geraldton north to the Murchison River.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Susy Fuentes-Bazan, Guilhem Mansion, Thomas Borsch: Towards a species level tree of the globally diverse genus Chenopodium (Chenopodiaceae). In: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. Vol. 62, No. 1, 2012, ISSN 1055-7903, p. 372, DOI:10.1016/j.ympev.2011.10.006
  2. ^ a b "Rhagodia latifolia (Benth.) Paul G.Wilson". FloraBase. Western Australian Government Department of Parks and Wildlife. 
  3. ^ "Rhagodia latifolia (Benth.) Paul G.Wilson". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Paul G. "Chenopodiaceae". Flora of Australia. IV. p. 172.