Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Chenopodiaceae, (=Chenopodioideae) Goosefoot Family

The Chenopodiaceae is commonly called the Goosefoot Family. This family is now included in the Amaranthaceae Family as subfamily Chenopodioideae.

The Chenopodioideae includes important food and native species including Blitum, Spinacia (Spinach), Chenopodiastrum, Chenopodium, Dysphania, Extriplex, Krascheninnikovia and several Atriplex species.

In North America, according to the USDA Plants Database, there are 34 genera with 309 accepted taxa overall in the Chenopodiaceae family.

The Plant List includes 2,052 accepted species names for the family Amaranthaceae. Species in the Amaranthaceae family belong to 178 plant genera.

According to DELTA; DEscription Language for TAxonomy there are about 105 genera with approximately 1,400 species in Chenopodiaceae.

References: Date Family Profile Completed: 02/15/2015, updated 09/31/2018
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search - (accessed 08/31/2019)
The Plant List (2013). Version 1.1. Published on the Internet; (accessed 08/31/2019).
Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1992 onwards. The families of flowering plants: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. Version: 13th March 2017.; DELTA – DEscription Language for TAxonomy
Wikipedia contributors, 'Amaranthaceae', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 21 February 2017, 23:32 UTC, [accessed 9 April 2017]
Wikipedia contributors, 'Chenopodioideae', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 May 2019, 14:28 UTC, [accessed 31 August 2019]