Chenopodium glaucum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaChenopodiaceaeChenopodiumChenopodium glaucum


An annual of disturbed, nutrient-rich waste ground and manure heaps, and on damp ground near the sea; it is also recorded on rubbish tips and around docks and wharves. Lowland.



World Distribution

A Circumpolar Temperate species, but absent from eastern N. America; widely naturalised elsewhere.

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Broad Habitats

Built-up areas and gardens

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 6

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 9

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 3

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16.1

Annual Precipitation (mm): 724

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 157

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 2

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 2

Atlas Change Index: -1.32

JNCC Designations


Atlas text references

Atlas (83c)
Hultén E, Fries M
1986.  Atlas of north European vascular plants north of the Tropic of Cancer. 3 vols.
Jalas & Suominen (1980)
Meusel H, Jäger E, Weinert E
1965.  Vergleichende Chorologie der zentraleuropäischen Flora. Volume 1. 2 vols.