Chenopodium ambrosioides L. - Mexican Tea, Wormseed

Chenopodium ambrosioides plant

Family - Chenopodiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Chenopodium ambrosioides stemGlabrous stem.

Chenopodium ambrosioides stemPubescent stem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Chenopodium ambrosioides leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Chenopodium ambrosioides infructescenceInfructescence.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Chenopodium ambrosioides flowersFlowers.

Chenopodium ambrosioides fruitsFruits.

Flowering - August - November.

Habitat - Rich waste ground, dumps, fields, railroads, roadsides.

Origin - Native to South and Central America.

Other info. - This aromatic species can be found scattered throughout most of Missouri. It can be easily identified because of its scent, large size, and toothed leaves. The plant is normally glabrous but pubescent individuals are not uncommon.
C. ambrosioides contains essential oils which were traditionally used to combat intestinal parasites. Synthetic treatments have now replaced these toxic oils. The plant is infrequently used as a food flavoring in Mexican cuisine and is believed to help reduce gas.

Photographs taken in Vero Beach, FL., 2-13-03, and off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 10-8-04.


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