CHENOPODIACEAE - Goosefoot Family

Herbs or shrubs, often succulent

Leaves opposite or alternate, simple, entire, toothed or lobed

Flowers bisexual or unisexual, single or in a range of infls., reduced, wind-pollinated. Plants with unisexual flowers monoecious or dioecious

Fruit an indehiscent nutlet

Seed lenticular with embryo surrounding endosperm

100 genera, 1500 species

Economic uses:
Beta (beets and Swiss chard) beet juice pigments are betalains
Spinacia oleracea (spinach)
Chenopodium quinoa (grain)

Several members of the genus Chenopodium are aggressive weeds