Stems: slender, erect, commonly much branched. Leaves: rhombic-ovate, the upper ones lanceolate, obtuse or acute. Flowers: bractless, densely clustered in a compound panicled spike; calyx segments strongly keeled. Fruit: seed firmly attached to the pericarp.
A weed that abounds near habitation, even in the mountain regions. A commonplace plant, and yet one that is not altogether without beauty, since its foliage is of an unusually delicate tender green. The white flowers, which grow in dense spikes, are inconspicuous. This is an introduced plant.
Chenopodium capitatum, or Strawberry Blite, is a very appropriate name for this plant, which flourishes best in newly up-turned or half-cultivated soil, where its pale green foliage and bright red fruit render it conspicuous. The leaves are halbert-shaped, thin, and pointed both' at the apex and at the ends of the basal lobes, the margins being more or less indented. The flowers are small and greenish, but the developed fruit is extremely attractive in appearance, resembling a strawberry and consisting of a brilliant red pulpy berry, which has numerous seeds embedded in its wrinkled surface, similar to those which cover the exterior of the Garden Strawberry.