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beet, chard, common beet, garden beet, sea beet, sugar beet

Roots

fibrous or fleshy.

Leaves

petiole 1/2–2/3 or equaling blade length;

blade dark red to green, usually with pronounced midrib, somewhat fleshy.

Inflorescences

cymes, 1–8-flowered, interrupted towards base.

Achenes

5–11 per cluster, 3–5 mm.

Seeds

1.5–2 mm.

Perianth

urn-shaped;

segments 3–5 × 2–3 mm;

receptacle pelviform.

Beta vulgaris

Discussion

Subspecies ca. 3 (2 in the flora).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

Distribution
from FNA
AL; CA; CT; MA; ME; NC; NH; NJ; NY; PA; RI; SC; VA; VT; WV; s Europe
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Parent taxa Chenopodiaceae > Beta
Subordinate taxa
B. vulgaris subsp. maritima, B. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
Key
1.Basal leaves usually longer than 10 cm; stems erect; cymes 2-8-flowered; roots swollen, fleshyB. vulgaris subsp. vulgaris
1.Basal leaves shorter than 10 cm; stems procumbent to erect; cymes 1-3-flowered; roots fibrous to ± swollen, not fleshyB. vulgaris subsp. maritima
Name authority Linnaeus: Sp. Pl. 1: 222. (1753)
Source Flora of North America vol. 4, p. 266.
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