Ragweed and Chenopods and Nettle, oh my!

“Your Allergy Alert(TM) For Aug 19, 2011:
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Forecast for ENTERPRISE, AL (on a scale of 1-12):

Today’s allergy levels: Friday – 7.8/Medium-High
Today’s predominant pollen:  Ragweed, Chenopods and Nettle.
Tomorrow’s allergy levels:  Saturday – 7.8/Medium-High”

The first time I ever heard of chenopods was last year when I got a similar allergy alert.  I’d heard of ragweed (who hasn’t) and nettle.  Never heard of those chenopods, though.  I’m familiar with other ‘pods.  Bugs are arthropods.  So are spiders…yecchh…chills.  Let’s change the subject.  Shrimp and lobster are arthropods…tasty, tasty arthropods!  Much better!

The suffix “-pod” means “foot” and is contained in 44 words:

amphipod
anglepod
apod
arthropod
bipod
brachiopod
branchiopod
cephalopod
chenopod
chilopod
copepod
decapod
diplopod
endopod
gastropod
hexapod
isopod
lycopod
megapod
monkeypod (huh?)
myriapod
myriopod
octopod
ornithopod
pelecypod
pereiopod
pereopod
pleopod
pod
polypod
prosauropod
protopod
pseudopod
pteropod
rhizopod
satinpod
sauropod
seedpod
stomatopod
tetrapod
theropod
tripod
unipod
uropod

How many of those have you heard of?  You can look the meanings up yourself, like I did for monkeypod.  For fun, make up your own definitions, first.

So, chenopod [ˈkiːnəˌpɒd ˈkɛn-] noun 

(Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Plants) any flowering plant of the family Chenopodiaceae,which includes the beet, mangel-wurzel, spinach, and goosefoot.

[from Greek khēn goose + pous foot]
chenopodiaceous  [ˌkiːnəˌpəʊdɪˈeɪʃəs ˌkɛn-] adj
Well, that’s interesting.  I didn’t know beets and  spinach were chenopods.  Did you know quinoa is a chenopod? Yep!  (Do you know what quinoa is?  I’ll discuss that another time.  It’s all the rage in healthy-eating circles.)
In conclusion, there’s a LOT of plants that are classified as chenopods;  some are edible crops, others are nuisance weeds, and all are pollen- and,  therefore, in some cases, allergy-producing plants, as well.  So, there it is…gesundheit!
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About rebelwife

New England wife of a Southern man relocated back to Alabama.
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