Common Orache - Atriplex patula
Medium to tall much branched plant, somewhat mealy with ridged stems. Leaves rather mealy, 3 to 14 cm arrow shaped or almost diamond shaped. Narrowed at the base, upper leaves much narrower. Flowers in long spikes or lateral clusters. Fruit enclosed within diamond shaped bracts.
Atriplex prostrata. Other aliens species may occur, and if in doubt, the key in Stace (4th edn.) should be referred to.
Goosefoots (Chenopodium) are quite similar, and young plants can be difficult to determine. All Atriplex have the fruits enclosed by two enlarged bracteoles.
Lower leaves lanceolate to trullate (widest nearest base and angled at the widest part, like a diamond shape but with two adjacent side sides longer than the other two); cuneate, and usually with forwardly directed lobes at the base. Bracteoles triangular to trullate and fused to about half way.
Photos must show ripe fruits enclosed in bracteoles, and lower leaves
Disturbed ground and waste places, cultivated land.
July to October.
Common throughout most of Britain, except in some northern areas.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 516 of the 617 tetrads.
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