Chenopodium capitatum (L.) Ambrosi
Common Name: STRAWBERRY BLITE

Coefficient of Conservatism: 5
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Nt A-Forb
Chenopodium capitatum inflorescence A. A. Reznicek inflorescence

Characteristic, along with Corydalis aurea, Capnoides sempervirens, and Leucophysalis grandiflora, of sandy or gravelly (often very calcareous) sites one or two years after disturbance (e.g., bulldozing) and dying out (if disturbance is not maintained) within another 2 or 3 years. Besides growing in dumps, gravel pits, clearings, and newly graded roadsides (all basically in forested areas), strawberry blite is occasionally found on gravelly shores, limestone ledges, burned-over ridges, and other naturally disturbed raw sites. A most distinctive native plant, with its striking, fleshy bright red fruiting clusters; found essentially throughout the state but becoming very rare southward.

Locations

Alger County
Alpena County
Baraga County
Benzie County
Charlevoix County
    Including Beaver Island
Cheboygan County
Chippewa County
    Including Drummond Island
Crawford County
Delta County
Dickinson County
Eaton County
Emmet County
Grand Traverse County
Gratiot County
Houghton County
Ingham County
Ionia County
Isabella County
Kent County
Keweenaw County
    Including Isle Royale
Leelanau County
    Including Fox Islands
    Including Manitou Islands
Luce County
Mackinac County
    Including Bois Blanc, Mackinac, Round Islands
Macomb County
Marquette County
Mecosta County
Menominee County
Missaukee County
Montmorency County
Oakland County
Ontonagon County
Otsego County
Ottawa County
Presque Isle County
Sanilac County
Schoolcraft County
St. Clair County
Van Buren County
Washtenaw County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 22, 2014. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=67.