Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition

Dysphania carinata (R.Br.) Mosyakin & Clemants

Herb (herbaceous or woody, under 1 m tall)
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Herbarium specimen. © CSIRO
Herbarium specimen. © DERM

Mosyakin, S.L. & Clemants, S.E. (2002), Ukrainian Botanical Journal 59(4): 382.

Common name

Green Crumbweed; Keeled Goosefoot


Annual herb, prostrate to erect, normally branched near base into simple to much branched stems up to 60 cm. long; plant green, rarely red-tinged, pubescent and glandular, aromatic.


Leaves in outline ovate to elliptic, rarely narrow-elliptic, small, mostly 0.3-3 × 0.25-2 cm., sometimes as wide as long, with 2-4 (6) usually coarse sometimes obscure entire or denticulate teeth or lobes on each margin, rarely entire or almost so; glands between veins on inferior side of leaves sessile to subsessile, not accompanied by hairs unless on veins.


Flowers greenish, minute, c. 0.4-0.75 mm. in diam., sessile or subsessile in small dense rounded axillary clusters at most of the nodes. Perianth segments normally 5, pubescent and glandular, each with a conspicuous wing-like hairy keel broadening upwards. Stamen 1.


Seeds all vertical (laterally compressed), deep red-brown, shining, 0.5-0.75 mm. in diam., bluntly or sharply keeled; testa (seen under microscope) almost smooth.


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Distribution and Ecology

Occurs in NEQ, CEQ and south to northern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from 50-780 m. Grows in open areas in rainforest, Eucalypt forest, deciduous vine thicket and also in various types of woodland.

Natural History & Notes

Becomes a weed of cultivation. Suspected of poisoning stock (Webb 1948).


Chenopodium carinatum R.Br., Prodromus Florae Novae Hollandiae : 407 (1810), Type: (J.) v.v. [given by P.G.Wilson, Nuytsia 4 (1983) 173 as Hawkesbury R., New South Wales, R. Brown (holo: BM).].

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