Red Goosefoot - Oxybasis rubra


    Short to tall, spreading to erect plant usually much branched and often red tinged. Leaves diamond shaped to lanceolate, irregularly coarsely toothed. Flowers in simple or branched leafy spikes, clusters crowded.

    Similar Species

    Other goosefoots

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaves green or reddish on both surfaces, usually strongly toothed or lobed. Inflorescence glabrous and plant is not mealy 

    Recording advice

    A photo of the whole plant


    Manure heaps, waste places and disturbed ground etc.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Quite frequent throughout England, less so in Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 119 of the 617 tetrads.

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