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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Dysphania botrys - Jerusalem oak goosefoot

Synonyms: Botrydium botrys, Chenopodium botrys, Teloxys botrys
Other Common Names: feather-geranium, Jerusalem-Oak
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Chenopodiaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Introduced   Life Cycle: Annual
General Desc: Erect, aromatic plant with densely glandular-hairy stems and leaves.
Identification notes: Calyx and leaves without yellow dots; herbage glandular-pilose (bearing long, soft, straight hairs).
Height: To 2 feet


Habitat Description: Waste places near dwellings and in flood stream beds. Widely distributed but not common.
Plant Communities: Riparian, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 3000 - 6000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellowish-green     Shape: Regular in elongated clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Oct
Description: Short branched, leafless flower spikes emerge from leaf nodes along the stem. The flower calyx generally has 5 segments with the sepals weakly enclosing the fruit.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Round or oval     Leaf Margin: Lobed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Leaves are slender-petioled, ovate to oblong, 1/2 to 1-1/2 inches long, and the lobes are usually toothed.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Seed Notes: The seed is red-brown to black.

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