Chenopodium album L. - Lamb's Quarters

Chenopodium album plant

Family - Chenopodiaceae

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Chenopodium album stem

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Chenopodium album leaves

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Chenopodium album flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, cultivated areas, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S. (?) and Eurasia.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri and is a common weed of disturbed and fallow areas. It is actually one of the most widespread angiosperms on the planet. The plant can often be recognized at quite a distance by the whitish underside of the leaves. In the fall the leaves turn a nice crimson color.
Many other similar species are not recognized by some authors and are lumped under C. album.
This species is edible and was used for to treat a variety of ailments. A tea was used to treat diarrhea and a poultice was used for burns. The leaves were eaten to treat stomach aches.
The pollen of C. album can cause hay fever.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd. 14, Lochapoka, AL., 9-22-04.


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