|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).|
Middle leaves with 3 dentate lobes.
Cotyledons elliptical, with rounded tip, more or less petiolate. Entire leaves, ovate to triangular, irregularly dentate.
Elliptical, with rounded tip, more or less petiolate.
Stem erect, angular, often alternatively white and green bands.
Opposed lower leaves elsewhere alternate. Middle leaves with 3 dentate lobes, upper leaves narrow and often entire.
Whitish green flowers. Calyx with pointed and carinate sepals hide the fruit.
Late summer, autumn.
Rounded seeds 0,8-1 mm (0.03 - 0.039 inch), bright, black, with deep and slender notch.
Germination in late spring.
Viability of Seeds
More than 10 years.
Waste ground and arable land.
Rich soils and near compost heaps. Avoids acid soils.
Additional Crop Information
Also legumes, vegetables, ornamentals, cereals and potatoes.
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.
Useful non-chemical contribution to Integrated Weed Management
Rotations with winter annual cereals and canola.
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