|Scientific Name||Chenopodium album L.|
|Common Names||English: Fat hen; German: Weißer Gänsefuß; French: Chénopode blanc; Spanish: Cenizo|
|Description||Annual, monoecious weed, propagating itself by seed and occurring in many forms, up to 150 cm (59.05 inch) tall with a strong taproot.|
Lower stem round or pentagonal in cross-section (Atriplex patula: almost square). Stems and leaves have almost spherical hairs, giving them a mealy, silvery appearance.
Leaf edges are irregularly toothed.
Fleshy, long and narrow with rounded tips, stemmed.
Lower stem rounded or pentagonal in cross-section, mealy and silvery in appearance.
Very variable, oval to triangular in shape, dark green, mostly with uneven, forward-pointing teeth.
Underside of the leaves reddish-purple, upper surface has a mealy, silvery coating.
Small, forming a pyramid-shaped inflorescence, inconspicuous and greenish in color, in closely packed clusters in the leaf axils.
Achene, single-seeded, completely enclosed by a thin husk and the perianth.
Germination mostly in spring until autumn.
Chenopodium album produces two kinds of seeds: approximately 95 % of the seeds are almost black, hard coated and dormant, around 5 % of the seeds are brown, almost uncoated and not dormant.
Viability of Seeds
More than 30 years.
By seed. Approx. 200 - 20,000 seeds per plant depending on the competition of the crop and weed density.
C. album is a most widely distributed species of weeds in the world and is one of the most successful colonizers with a wide range of pH values.
Humus-rich, well aerated and nitrogenated loamy or sandy soils. Chenopodium album basically occurs on all soils.
Additional Crop Information
Also in gardens, sunflower, legumes, summer cereals.
C. album is a typical weed of row crops. Yield reduction is caused by crop nutrition deficiency, it also strongly competes for light, water and nutrients. Fat hen interferes with harvesting. It is a most important weed species in European corn fields with widespread resistance to triazine-herbicides.
Useful non-chemical contribution to Integrated Weed Management
Chenopodium album can be suppressed by increasing the share of winter annual crops in the rotation.
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