Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3069

Forb
Annual/Weak perennial
Monoecious

Non-native? the original range unclear (probably native southwards)

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Unisexual
5 persistent sepals
Petals absent
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Utricle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dysphania ambrosioides   FAMILY Chenopodiaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dysphania ambrosioides   FAMILY Chenopodiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Chenopodium ambrosioides var. ambrosioides

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 064-03-001:
Chenopodium ambrosioides   FAMILY Chenopodiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Chenopodium ambrosioides var. ambrosioides

 

COMMON NAME:
Mexican-tea, Epazote


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image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cham_001_lvd

        

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cham_003_lvd

        

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm71410_101

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves nearly entire to coarsely sinuate-serrate or dentate to lobed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm91010_19

September    Spartanburg County    SC

The source of Chenopodium oil used to treat stock for intestinal worms, per Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry.

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm9110_3

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Inflorescence usually very leafy-bracteate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm91210_3

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves have resinous glands or hairs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm91910_22

September    Spartanburg County    SC

Inflorescence of paniculate spikes of cymules, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dysphania ambrosioides, Mexican-tea, Epazote

Roxanna Martin    rlm101010_34

October    Spartanburg County    SC

Each flower with 5 sepals, 5 stamens, and 2-3 stigmas; petals absent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.