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Species ID challenge!

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:51 pm
by Don
Attaching an image for those WNTS/ENTS botanists needing a challenge...:>}
Provide common and scientific name for the following plant!
DRBroadtripAug4 247.jpg
Cues: Found along the boundary (read longitude) between Yukon/Brit. Columbia and NWT/Alberta. Seems to like pioneering role, lots of light.

Re: Species ID challenge!

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:33 pm
by Steve Galehouse
Don-

It's a goosefoot, Chenopodium; looks like Chenopodium capitatum, sometimes indicated as Blitum capitatum, giving it a common name of strawberry blite. Native to North America and Europe.

Steve

Re: Species ID challenge!

Posted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:26 pm
by Don
Steve-
You're good!
Locally, it's called strawberry spinach, but my source also lists strawberry blite...at the time we were there with it, we hesitated to sample it generally being cautious around red fruits, but "Wildflowers Along the Alaska Highway" author Verna Pratt comments that they can be eaten raw or used for jelly and syrup, with tasty leaves similar to its close relative, spinach. Stunning to see along roadways!