The plants of the Goosefoot Family are herbs or shrubs, often succulent or scurfy, with simple alternate leaves. The flowers are small, greenish and lack petals. Members of this family are widely distributed, preferring for the most part saline soils near the ocean or on deserts. Beets and spinach belong to this family, but so do the troublesome Pigweeds, Russian Thistle and Lambs Quarters. (Dale 94).
About 100 genera and 1400 species, world wide; many are weeds; some such as beets and spinach, are grown as vegetables. (Munz, Flora So. Calif. 351).
All of Family Chenopodiaceae had been included in Family Amaranthaceae in Roberts’ 2008, The Vascular Plants of Orange County, California. I have not changed my Upper Bay plant study but have noted all Plant Family changes on the data sheets.