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Fat Hen (Chenopodium album)

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A plant of the goosefoot family - a kind of wild spinach that grows on waste or disturbed ground. Its use as a food can be traced to the Bronze age. Its lower leaves are broad but not as triangular as those of the closely related 'Good King Henry'. The upper leaves are narrow. The flower spike is leaf and the fruit positioned horizontally and hidden by petal like segments. Picture taken 16th July 2006.

7th Sep 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, History, Science

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