Purple Goosefoot
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Purple Goosefoot
A Native Photo: Saroj Kasaju
Common name: Purple Goosefoot, Tree Spinach, Magenta Spreen, Giant Lambsquarters
Botanical name: Chenopodium giganteum    Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Chenopodium album subsp. amaranthicolor, Chenopodium purpurascens

Purple Goosefoot is a large annual, herb, up to 3 m tall. Stem is erect, much branched above, stout, reddish green or reddish purple striped, ribbed, base up to 5 cm in diam. Leaf blade, below light green, above dark green, rhombic to ovate, up to 20 × 16 cm, one-half or twice as long as leaf-stalk, below powdery or becoming hairless, above not powdery, base broadly wedge-shaped, margin irregularly wavy sawtoothed, tip usually blunt; upper leaf blades gradually becoming smaller, ovate to ovate-lanceshaped, reddish or golden yellow vesicular hairy when young, margin sawtoothed or entire. Inflorescence of large, at branch-ends panicles, powdery, usually drooping in fruit. Flowers are bisexual, several per glomerule or solitary. Tepals are 5, green or dark purple, ovate, margin membranous. Stamens 5. Utricle lenticular; pericarp membranous. Purple Goosefoot is widely distributed and widely cultivated. It is found in the Himalayas, from Nepal to NE India, altitudes of 1800-2200 m. Flowering: August-September.

Identification credit: Alexander Sukhorukov Photographed in Sourinee, Mirik, Darjeeling distt.

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