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.
Fat-hen, and other goosefoots.
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).
From a specimen or from detailed photos of seed testa.
Arable land, manure heaps and waste places.
July to September.
Widespread but local in England, scarce elsewhere in Britain.
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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