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Chenopodiaceae / Goosefoot
Lamb's Quarters (Chenopodium album)
Lamb's Quarters is also known as Pigweed, Goosefoot and Wild Spinach. The offical spelling of the name is lambsquarters..

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a annual which can reach 180cm in height (70inches).
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Each leaf is lanceolate with a stright edges to the broadest point with irregularly shallow lobes from that point to the tip.
Flowers: The flower parts are not discernable with the naked eye . They are green. Blooms first appear in mid summer and continue into mid fall.
Fruit: Tiny black seeds.
Habitat: Fields, fencerows and waste places.
Range: Almost all of North America

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Listed as an 'invasive weed' by every agency that lists weeds this plant is one of the best wild eatables we have. The leaves of the young, tinder plants less than about 30cm (1') tall are boiled and eaten just like spinach, to which it is related. Many people say it tastes like spinish, I think it tastes better. The young leaves are covered with a white bloom especially on the under side. They are unwetable before cooking. After cooking they turn a supprising rich green color. You can find young plants from early summer to frost. In winter the tiny seeds can be collected by rubbing the heads between the hands. These seeds can be ground and mixed with flour to make dark breads.(Gibbons). I understand they can be poped like tiny popcorns and eaten that way.


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More Info:  
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By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Caryophyllidae
||Family
Chenopodiaceae
Goosefoot
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Chenopodium
Goosefoot

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