Quinoa - Chenopodium quinoa


    Grows to a height of about 75 cm.  It has numerous stem leaves with very long petioles and bears weighty masses of tiny edible seeds.  The seed heads may be of various colours ranging from a yellowy green through to beetroot red.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


    Occasionally found as a casual escape from bird seed and game bird mixes. It is also occasionally grown as a health food crop and again this may lead to casual escapes.

    When to see it

    Sometimes grown as a spring crop but escapes may persist until autumn.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent casual in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map