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This site is not about Chenopodium, we just like them.

Chenopodium is a genus of about 150 species of perennial or annual herbaceous flowering plants known as the goosefoots, which occur almost anywhere in the world. In Australia, the larger Chenopodium species are among the plants called "bluebushes".

Chenopod Shrublands - Saltbush in Outback Australia

Chenopod shrublands cover 8% of the arid zone. Chenopods are salt tolerant xenomorphic (plant characteristics determined by ability to resist drought) shrubs, sub-shrubs or forbs. The leaves are frequently covered with scales or soft hairs; some are leafless with fleshy jointed stems. Many have pores, which excrete salt. The gibber of Sturt's Stony Desert is chenopod shrubland, as are the tablelands around Woomera. Chenopods grow around salt lakes, claypans and interdunal corridors, anywhere where there is salinity.


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Sturn desert pea Sturt Desert Pea in the Gammon Ranges, South Australia
Sturn desert pea

On the Monarch Mine walk in the Gammon Ranges, South Australia