Chenopodium album


Common Names: Lamb's quarters, melde, goosefoot, fat-hen, white goosefoot, pigweed, bathua, bathuwa
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Goosefoots

It tends to grow upright at first, reaching heights of 10 to 150 cm (rarely to 3 m), but typically becomes recumbent after flowering (due to the weight of the foliage and seeds) unless supported by other plants. The leaves are alternate and varied in appearance. The first leaves, near the base of the plant, are toothed and roughly diamond-shaped, 3 to 7 cm long and 3 to 6 cm broad. The leaves on the upper part of the flowering stems are entire and lanceolate-rhomboid, 1 to 5 cm long and 0.4 to 2 cm broad; they are waxy-coated, unwettable and mealy in appearance, with a whitish coat on the underside. The small flowers are radially symmetrical and grow in small cymes on a dense branched inflorescence 10 to 40 cm long.

Primary Flower Color: Green
Secondary Flower Color: Green
 
Edible Notes: The leaves and young shoots may be eaten as a leaf vegetable, either steamed in its entirety, or cooked like spinach, but should be eaten in moderation due to high levels of oxalic acid. Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. These are high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. Quinoa is a closely related species.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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