Of the genus Chenopodium, the goosefoot itself, C. album, (also called lamb's-quarters or pigweed) is a native of W Asia that has become a widespread weed; quinoa, C. quinoa, a plant native to the Andes mountains, is cultivated for its edible seeds and leaves. Other plants in the family include the Russian thistle ( Salsola tragus ), a tumbleweed of arid regions in the W United States and Eurasia, and greasewood ( Sarcobatus species), grazing shrubs of the alkali plains also used locally as fuel.
Goosefoot is classified in the divison Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Caryophyllales, family Chenopodiaceae.
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