Family: Chenopodiaceae (Chickweed family).
Native of Europe.
Occurrence: A widespread weed of cultivated land and wastelands.
This plant is reputed to have been used as a salad or cooked vegetable, particularly in times of food shortage. On the other hand, it is reputed to be poisonous to stock.
Sowbane (Chenopodium murale) is similar in appearance. Its stems are red-striped, and the leaves are green on bothsides.
Stinking Goosefoot (Chenopodium vulvaria) is a prostrate plant with a most obnoxious odour when crushed.
Name. Chenopodium: Goosefoot; cheno: goose; pod: foot, the leaves have the appearance of a goose's foot.