Fruiting bodies and leaves. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Flowers. Photo: Frank Vincentz, Canary Islands

Plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Plant. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii

Common Name

Nettle-leaf Goosefoot, Green Fat-hen, Sowbane




Introduced annual forb to 1.5m tall.  Often an unpleasant odour when crushed.  Leaves alternating along the stem, 2-8cm long, flat, hairless, scurfy when young, coarsely toothed, with pointed tips.  Flowers tiny (less than 3mm across), bisexual or female, green turning red, with 5 perianth segments, in panicles.

Description and photo of fruiting bodies in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 261

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