White goosefoot

Chenopodium album

  • White goosefoot
  • White goosefoot
  • Flower name
    White goosefoot
  • Scientific name
    Chenopodium album
  • Alias白藜, シロアカザ, common lambsquarters, white goosefoot
  • Place of originEurope
  • Place of floweringFields and footpaths
  • Flowering seasonSeptember, October

What is White goosefoot

White goosefoot, chenopodium album or common lambsquarters (scientific name: Chenopodium album) is an annual herbaceous wildflower in the Amaranthaceae, native to Europe. It is distributed in wilderness areas all over the world. In Japan, it is distributed from Hokkaido to Kyushu and Okinawa. The stem is upright and branched at the top. The stems turn woody in autumn and make excellent canes. The shoots are covered with red powdery grains, which is why they are called redwood. The leaves are rhombus-shaped, with larger leaves at the bottom. The leaves are edible and taste like spinach. In autumn, small yellow-green flowers bloom from the leaf axils and branch tips as the inflorescence grows. A variant is the Red goosefoot or Lamb's Quarters(scientific name: Chenopodium album var. centrorubrum) whose shoots are covered with red powdery grains.
It is a wind-borne flower and its pollen is scattered and causes allergy. There is a genus of quinoa (scientific name: Chenopodium quinoa) in the same genus.

Common name:White goosefoot,scientific name: Chenopodium album, also known as chenopodium album or common lambsquarters, Place of origin: Eurasia, Height: 50-100 m, Leaf shape: Diamond-shaped, Inflorescence: Alternate, Leaf length: 1-7 cm, Leaf width: 0.4-6 cm, Symmetrical flowers, Inflorescence: Conical inflorescence, Inflorescence length: 10-40 cm, Flowering time: September-October, Flower color: Yellow-green, Flower diameter: 0.2-0.6 cm, Petals: None, Number of flower petals: 5. Stamens: 5, Pillar heads: 2, Fruit type: Sporophyte, Seed color: Black, Seed diameter: 0.1 cm, Use: The stem is used as a walking stick and the whole plant is dried to make the folk medicine "lamb".


  • Eye
    Caryophyllales
  • Family
    Amaranthaceae
  • Genus
    Chenopodium
  • Species
    Chenopodium album
  • Type of flower
    Left-right symmetrical flower
  • Array of flower
    Spikelet inflorescence
  • Petal shape
    Five-petal
  • Leaf type
    rhombic
  • Edge of the leaf
    Serrated
  • Life typeannual herbaceous wildflower
  • Flower colorsGreen
  • Colors of the leavesGreen
  • Fruit colorGreen
  • Height50.0 ~ 100.0 cm
  • Diameter of flower0.2 ~ 0.6 cm

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