Fig-leaved Goosefoot - Chenopodium ficifolium


    Medium to tall, green, mealy plant. Leaves are three lobed with the central lobe much larger than the others and parallel sided. The uppermost leaves are generally narrower and unlobed. Flowers in a slender, branched panicle.

    Similar Species

    Fat-hen, and other goosefoots.  

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Can be very similar to Fat-hen and difficult to determine from a photo.  To be certain,the seeds must be examined. The testa (the outer covering) of Fig-leaved Goosefoot has regular and conspicuous pits, delimited by ridges (a reticulum).  

    Recording advice

    From a specimen or from detailed photos of seed testa.


    Arable land, manure heaps and waste places.

    When to see it

    July to September.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in England, scarce elsewhere in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 13 of the 617 tetrads.

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