Nettle-Leaved Goosefoot
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Nettle-Leaved Goosefoot
aturalized Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Nettle-Leaved Goosefoot, Australian-spinach, salt-green • Hindi: Goyalo
Botanical name: Chenopodium murale    Family: Chenopodiaceae (Cat tail family)

Nettle-leaved Goosefoot is an annual herb, growing up to 70 cm tall, with an erect stem which is usually red or red-streaked green and leafy with green foliage. The oval to triangular leaves are toothed and broad, smooth on the upper surface and powdery on the undersides. Flowers are borne in powdery clusters of spherical buds. The buds do not open into typical flower blossoms but remain with the sepals covering the ovary as the fruit develops. This plant is native to Europe and parts of Asia and northern Africa, but it is widespread worldwide, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas due to its being easily introduced. It is a common weed of fields and roadsides.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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