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Is this Fat Hen (chenopodium album) ?

Observed: 14th August 2012 By: Lucy CorranderLucy Corrander’s reputation in PlantsLucy Corrander’s reputation in PlantsLucy Corrander’s reputation in Plants
                               Top of Self Seeded Plant
                               Lower Leaf of Self Seeded Plant
Description:

About five inches high. Small flower buds in cluster. Upper leaves have almost smoothly curved edges. Lower ones jagged.

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Species with which Fat Hen (chenopodium album) interacts

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martinjohnbishop's picture

It might be Chenopodium

It might be Chenopodium murale which is recorded from Weymouth. The lower leaves look more like this species than C. album but it is a difficult genus for which seeds may be needed for identification (see Stace 3). You may have kept some as they appear to have developed?

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Fat Hen

At the risk of seeming completely ridiculous . . . it's on my window sill. Was about to put it outside because it has green-fly. Where it's been indoors, it has new flowers. Does it need a pollinator? If it survives the cold what should I look for in the seeds if it has them? (Which would also be good to know for next summer.)

Apologies that I don't know what you mean by Stace 3

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martinjohnbishop's picture

Not ridiculous - I have

Not ridiculous - I have plants on my window sills (basil).

Stace 3 is this book
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Flora-British-Isles-Plastic-Cover/dp/0521707722
and is quite technical in its descriptions.

The photograph on the right seems to show some seeds (black specs in capsules). Perianth longer than wide and seeds horizontal (I think).

On p. 479 there is a description of how to remove the pericarp from the seed by rubbing or even boiling and dissection.

Tepals should be minutely denticulate and seeds acutely keeled at the edges. If not, then it is not C. murale.

I expect you could get help locally http://www.derc.org.uk/local/dfg.htm

Martin