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Blitum nuttallianum
Nuttall's povertyweed

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska to California, east to the Great Plains.

Habitat: Dry to moist, saline or alkaline soil, from the desert plains to middle elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Wind


Succulent annual, freely-branched from the base, prostrate to ascending, the stems 1-3 dm. long.


Leaves alternate, gradually reduced upward to foliaceous bracts, the blades hastate, sometimes entire above, the lateral lobes divergent and 1-4 mm. long, the terminal lobe linear to oblong or triangular, 0.5-3 cm. long; petioles slender, up to 3 cm. long.


Flowers tiny, mostly monoecious, in dense, sessile, axillary clusters, often reddish; perianth usually a single segment, 1.5-2.5 mm. long, oblong; stamens 1, usually lacking in some flowers; styles 2.


Utricle somewhat flattened, finely pitted.

Accepted Name:
Blitum nuttallianum Schult.
Publication: Mant. 1: 65. 1822.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Monolepis chenopodioides Moq.
Monolepis nuttalliana (Schult.) Greene [FNA4]
Monolepsis nuttalliana (Schultes) Greene, orthographic variant [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Blitum nuttallianum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Blitum nuttallianum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Blitum nuttallianum information.

E-Flora BC: Blitum nuttallianum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Blitum nuttallianum photos.

USDA Plants: Blitum nuttallianum information.

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