Chenopodium ficifolium

Scientific Name Chenopodium ficifolium J. E. Smith
Synonyms C. serotinum ( non L.)
Common Names English: Fig-leaved goosefoot; German: Feigenblättriger Gänsefuß ; Spanish: Quenopodio con hojas de chumbera; French: Chénopode à feuilles de figuier; Italian: Farinello a foglie di fico
Description Annual plant up to 90 cm (35.43 inch).

Descriptions

Characteristic Features

Middle leaves with 3 dentate lobes.

Young Plant

Cotyledons elliptical, with rounded tip, more or less petiolate. Entire leaves, ovate to triangular, irregularly dentate.

Cotyledons

Elliptical, with rounded tip, more or less petiolate.

Stems

Stem erect, angular, often alternatively white and green bands.

Leaves

Opposed lower leaves elsewhere alternate. Middle leaves with 3 dentate lobes, upper leaves narrow and often entire.

Propagatio Organs

Flowers

Whitish green flowers. Calyx with pointed and carinate sepals hide the fruit.

Flowering Period

Late summer, autumn.

Fruit

Rounded seeds 0,8-1 mm (0.03 - 0.039 inch), bright, black, with deep and slender notch.

Seeds

Germination in late spring.

Viability Of Seeds

More than 10 years.

Propagation

By seeds.

Occurrence

Habitat

Waste ground and arable land.

Soil

Rich soils and near compost heaps. Avoids acid soils.

Additional Crop Information

Also legumes, vegetables, ornamentals, cereals and potatoes.

Agricultural Importance

Ch. ficifolium can be mistaken with other Chenopodium species and Atriplex patula. It looks similar to Chenopodium album at adult stage and behaves very competitive in arable crops. Triazine resistance has been reported.

Control

Integrated Crop Management

Rotations with winter annual cereals and canola.

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