West Highland Flora

Fat Hen


Chenopodium album

 

Chenopodium album

Photo Carl Farmer
(16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh)

Occasional on bare waste ground, rubbish heaps etc.

Flower diameter c 2-4 mm

ID: Similar to oraches, but told from them in flower by having both stamens and styles in the same flower.  The fruit is enclosed by five equal sepals rather than 2 large bracts as in oraches.  Told from Sea Beet by at least the lower leaves being toothed.

Other features: Plant often mealy, especially early in year.  Leaves very variable, typically widest at a point well below the middle, narrowing from there with two straightish untoothed sides to the V-shaped base, and with straightish toothed sides to the tip.  Flowers in ball-like clusters, which are themselves arranged in spikes, and these in turn arranged in leafy super-spikes.  Each flower has 5 green equal sepals, 5 yellow stamens and 2-3 styles.

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Chenopodium album

Photo Carl Farmer
(16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh)

 

Chenopodium album

Photo Carl Farmer
(16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh)

  Chenopodium album

Photo Carl Farmer
(16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh)
 

  Each 5-pointed "star" is a calyx of 5
sepals surrounding a fruit; these are
grouped into balls as shown.

 

 

Chenopodium album

Photo Carl Farmer
(16 Sep 2003 Musselburgh)

 

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