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Chenopodium vulvaria (stinking goosefoot)

Synonyms: Anserina foetida; Chenopodium foetidum; Chenopodium olidum; Vulvaria vulgaris

Wikipedia Abstract

Stinking goosefoot (Chenopodium vulvaria), or notchweed, is a foul-smelling plant or weed. The plant is a member of the genus Chenopodium, the goosefoots.
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Height [2]  12 inches (0.3 m)
Allergen Potential [1]  High
Light Preference [3]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [3]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [3]  Very Rich
Soil Moisture [3]  Mostly Dry
Edible [2]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [2]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [2]  The leaves and seeds of all members of this genus are more or less edible. However, many of the species in this genus contain saponins, though usually in quantities too small to do any harm. Although toxic, saponins are poorly absorbed by the body and most pass straight through without any problem. They are also broken down to a large extent in the cooking process. Saponins are found in many foods, such as some beans. Saponins are much more toxic to some creatures, such as fish, and hunting tribes have traditionally put large quantities of them in streams, lakes etc in order to stupefy or kill the fish; The plants also contain some oxalic acid, which in large quantities can lock up some of the nutrients in the food. However, even considering this, they are very nutritious vegetables in reasonable quantities. Cooking the plants will reduce their content of oxalic acid. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition;
Lifespan [2]  Annual
Pollinators [2]  Wind
Scent [2]  The leaves smell like decaying fish.
Structure [4]  Herb
Usage [2]  Gold/green dyes can be obtained from the whole plant;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Burnham Beeches 946 England, United Kingdom  
Dee Estuary/ Aber Dyfrdwy 39057 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Kahler Berg und Drachenschwanz bei Tunzenhausen 198 Germany  
Luisenhall 240 Germany  
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Palava Protected Landscape Area V   Czech Republic  
Parco Del Somma-Vesuvio e Miglio D'Oro National Park II 33648 Italy
Pevensey Levels 8860 England, United Kingdom  
Sandwich Bay 2812 England, United Kingdom
Sayano-Shushenskiy Biosphere Reserve Ia 964620 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
Ubsunurskaya Kotlovina (Ubsunur Depression) Zapovednik Ia 798640 Tuva, Russia


Agrotis exclamationis (Heart and Dart)[5]
Agrotis ipsilon (black cutworm)[5]
Caradrina morpheus (Mottled Rustic)[5]
Discestra trifolii (clover cutworm)[5]
Eupithecia simpliciata (Plain Pug)[5]
Hayhurstia atriplicis[5]
Lacanobia oleracea (Bright-line Brown-Eye Moth)[5]
Pelurga comitata (Dark Spinach)[5]
Trachea atriplicis (Orache Moth)[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
3ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
4Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
5Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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