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Nettle-leaved Goosefoot

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Subfamily: Chenopodioideae
Tribe: Atripliceae
Genus: Chenopodiastrum
Species: C. murale
Binomial name
Chenopodiastrum murale
(L.) S. Fuentes, Uotila & Borsch
Synonyms[1]
  • Chenopodium murale L.

Chenopodiastrum murale,[2] (Syn. Chenopodium murale) is a species of plant in the amaranth family known by the common names Nettle-leaved Goosefoot, Australian-spinach, salt-green, sowbane.[1] This plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia and northern Africa, but it is widespread worldwide, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas due to its being easily introduced.[1] It is a common weed of fields and roadsides.

Description

This is an annual herb reaching 70 centimeters in height with an erect stem which is usually red or red-streaked green and leafy with green foliage. The oval to triangular leaves are toothed and broad, smooth on the upper surface and powdery on the undersides.

The inflorescences are powdery clusters of spherical buds. The buds do not open into typical flower blossoms but remain with the sepals covering the ovary as the fruit develops.

Uses

The seeds are edible, and the shoots, stalks, and leaves can be eaten as greens.[3]

References

External links

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
  • at Tropicos
  • Jepson Manual Treatment
  • USDA Plants Profile
  • Flora of North America Treatment
  • Photo gallery


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