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17. Chenopodium nepalense Colla, Herb. Pedem. 5:571. 1836; Uotila in Rech. f., Fl. Iran. 172: 57. 1997.

Chenopodium multiflorum Moq. in DC., Prodr. 13, 2: 75 (1849); Chenopodium foetidum auct., non Schrad. non Lam., Grubov, Pl. As. Centr. 2: 20. 1966; Kung & Chu in Kung & Tsien, Fl. Reip. Pop. Sin. 25,2: 80. 1979; Chenopodium botrys auct., non L., p.p., Boiss., Fl. Or. 4: 1879; Hook. f., Fl. Brit. Ind. 5: 4. 1886. p.p.; Iljin & Aellen in Komarov, Fl. URSS 6: 46. 1936 p.p.; R.R.Stewart, Ann. Cat. Vasc. Pl. W. Pak. & Kashmir: 220. 1972. p.p.; Bhopal & Chaudhri in Pak. Syst. 1: 43. 1977. p.p.; Mullin in Hara et al., Fl. Pl. Nepal 3: 170. 1982; Gupta, The living Himalayas 2: cxliii. 1989.

Aromatic annual, 5-40 cm, densely hairy, hairs sessile or subsessile glandular. Stems erect, branched mainly in the middle, branches spreading-ascending, shorter than the main axis. Leaves yellowish to brownish green, blade 1-6 cm, elliptic-ovate to broadly elliptic, pinnatifid with 2-5 broad lobes and sometimes several teeth on each side. Inflorescence with a few leaves, elongate, to 10 cm wide, composed of often fairly lax dichasial cymes, or more axillary with smaller cymes. Terminal flowers larger and earlier flowering than lateral ones. Perianth segments 5, ca. 1 x 0.5 mm, elliptic to ovate, acuminate, free to halfway or more, herbaceous with membranous margins, dorsally with ± hairy keels, margins with sessile glands. Stamens 1-5. Stigmas 2. Pericarp free. Seeds horizontal, black, 0.6-0.8 mm, round in outline, thick, partly emarginate with or without keel in the middle; testa almost smooth.

Fl. & Fr. Per.: June-September.

Type: ‘Specimen in ex hb. Biroli in Herb Colla’ (TURIN 5972 - photo !).

Dry slopes, waste ground, cultivated places; near water, clayey places.1585-3000 m; Distribution: Hindukush, Himalayas, China to Yunnan, Sichuan and Gansu.

A variable species in leaf shape and perianth characters, commonly confused with C. botrys.


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