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Oxybasis rubra

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Oxybasis rubra
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Oxybasis
O. rubra
Binomial name
Oxybasis rubra
(L.) S. Fuentes, Uotila & Borsch
  • Chenopodium rubrum L.
  • Atriplex rubra (L.) Crantz
  • Blitum polymorphum var. rubrum (L.) Beck
  • Blitum rubrum (L.) Rchb.
  • Botrys rubra (L.) Lunell
  • Orthospermum rubrum (L.) Opiz
  • Orthosporum rubrum (L.) T. Nees

Oxybasis rubra[1](syn. Chenopodium rubrum), common names red goosefoot or coastblite goosefoot,[2] is a member of the genus Oxybasis, a segregate of Chenopodium (the goosefoots). It is native to North America and Eurasia.[2] It is an annual plant.[3]

Conservation status in the United States

It is listed a special concern and believed extirpated in Connecticut.[4] It is listed as endangered in New Jersey, and as threatened in Maine, New Hampshire, and in New York (state).[5]

Native American ethnobotany

The Goshute Shosone of Utah use the seeds for food.[6] The name of the plant in the Goshute Shoshone language is on’-tǐm-pi-wa-tsǐp, on’-tǐm-pi-wa, on’-tǐm-pi-a-wa or on’-tǐm-pai-wa.[7]


  1. ^ Susy Fuentes-Bazan, Pertti Uotila, Thomas Borsch: A novel phylogeny-based generic classification for Chenopodium sensu lato, and a tribal rearrangement of Chenopodioideae (Chenopodiaceae). In: Willdenowia. Vol. 42, No. 1, 2012, p. 15-16.
  2. ^ a b "Oxybasis rubra". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2013-07-05.
  3. ^ "Plants Profile for Chenopodium rubrum (red goosefoot)". plants.usda.gov. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Connecticut's Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species 2015". State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Bureau of Natural Resources. Retrieved 28 January 2018. (Note: This list is newer than the one used by plants.usda.gov and is more up-to-date.)
  5. ^ "Plants Profile for Chenopodium rubrum (red goosefoot)". plants.usda.gov. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  6. ^ Chamberlin, Ralph V., 1911, The Ethno-Botany of the Gosiute Indians of Utah, Memoirs of the American Anthropological Association 2(5):331-405., page 366
  7. ^ Chamberlin, Ralph Vary (1911). "The Ethno-botany of the Gosiute Indians of Utah" (PDF). Memoirs of the American Anthropological Association Vol II, Part 5. Retrieved 2007-11-12.[permanent dead link]
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