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Chenopodium berlandieri, also called Pitseed Goosefoot, Southern Huauzontle, and Lambsquarters, is a species of goosefoot native to North America, where it is very common in temperate regions and distributed throughout much of the continent.
It is a fast-growing, upright, weedy annual plant growing to 10–105 cm tall. The leaves are variable in shape, roughly triangular, 1.2-12 cm (rarely 15 cm) long and 0.5-7 cm (rarely 9 cm) broad.
The species includes the following varieties:
It is capable of hybridizing with the related introduced European Chenopodium album, which it resembles, giving the hybrid C. × variabile Aellen.
Although widely regarded today as a weed, this species was once part of the Eastern Agricultural Complex of prehistoric North America, and was a fully domesticated pseudocereal crop, similar to the closely related quinoa C. quinoa.
Categories: Amaranthaceae | Crops originating from the Americas | Edible nuts and seeds | Grains | Leaf vegetables | Stem vegetables