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A. A. Reznicek
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, dry burned peat bogs, and other such disturbed sites.
A most distinctive native plant, with its striking, fleshy bright red fruiting clusters; found essentially throughout the state but becoming very rare southward. Almost all records from the southern half of the Lower Peninsula are more than a century old.
One 1935 Washtenaw Co. collection (Hermann 6858, F, MICH), from disturbed areas at the University of Michigan Botanical Gardens appears to be the western Chenopodium capitatum var. parvicapitatum S. L. Welsh (C. overi Aellen). This differs in having the fruit clusters of the inflorescence (glomerules) only ca. 3-5 mm diameter in fruit, not fleshy and usually brownish not red, and leaf blades cuneate to truncate at base with margins less toothed or entire. Typical C. capitatum has much larger fleshy bright red fruit clusters in the inflorescence and leaf blades truncate to cordate at base with the margins usually strongly toothed. It surely was an accidental waif from the west.