Chenopodium album L.

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Chenopodium album

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Chenopodium album

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Chenopodium album

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Chenopodium album

Photo: Bart Wursten
Marydale Point Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Common names: Fat hen (English) Mubvunzandadya (Shona) White goosefoot (English) Wild spinach (English)
Status: Introduced
Erect often much branched annual herb, up to 150 cm high. Stems often tinged red or pink, grey mealy hairy especially on younger parts. Leaves very variable, even on the same plant, generally rhombic-ovate to lanceolate, 1-8.5 cm long, somewhat grey-green, paler below; margin sometimes entire but mostly with up to 10 shallow teeth, the lowermost sometimes larger and lobe-like. Inflorescences large, dense heads of small rounded clusters or 'glomerules', containing minute grey-green flowers, covered in grey mealy hairs.
Derivation of specific name: album: white
Habitat: Occurring as a weed of cultivated or disturbed areas.
Altitude range: (metres) 1100 - 1600 m
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Worldwide distribution: Cosmopolitan, probably native to the Northern hemisphere.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 29 June 2010

Brenan, J.P.M. (1988). Chenopodiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 134 - 137. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 35. under Chenopodiaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 46.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 20. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Chenopodium album., retrieved 17 December 2017

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