L., Sp. Pl. 219 (1753).
Synonymy: Chenopodiastrum murale
Common name: Nettle-leaved goosefoot, green fat hen, sowbane.
Erect much branched annual to 1 m high, sparsely mealy, sometimes foetid when crushed; leaves petiolate; lamina broadly triangular to ovate, 2-8 cm long, thin, acute, coarsely dentate with slightly incurved teeth, mealy when young.
Inflorescence of compact cymes in rather open panicles, axillary and terminal; flowers bisexual or female; perianth-segments 5, united towards the base, prominently keeled, sparsely mealy outside; stamens 5.
Pericarp prominently papillose, persistent; seed horizontal, lenticular, 1-1.5 mm diam., prominently keeled; testa glossy, minutely pitted; embryo circular; seed shed with the surrounding perianth.
Ross-Craig, (1968) Drawings Brit. Pl. 25:t. 17; Cunningham et al. (1982) Plants of western New South Wales, p. 261.
Cosmopolitan. A weed of agricultural lands and disturbed areas.
S.Aust.: NW, LE, NU, GT, FR, EA, EP, NL, MU, YP, SL, KI, SE. W.Aust.; N.T.; Qld; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas.
Flowering time: probably all months.
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