Assembling Germplasm Collections of Nuttall's Povertyweed [Monolepis nuttalliana (Schult.) Greene] and Other Spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) Allies
North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station
We are acquiring the wild relatives of cultivated spinach as part of our investment in crop germplasm. Some of these relatives are native in the United States, and thus should be readily accessible for collecting. We intend to aid research by conserving and distributing seeds of these plants. Three genera of North American spinach relatives are briefly described below. The germplasm should be useful to study phylogenetic relationships, the host ranges of pathogens and pests, stress tolerance, and many other topics.