Chenopodium vulvaria L.

Stinking Goosefoot

Sp. Pl. 220 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Decumbent annual with fetid, fish-like odour when crushed, branches to c. 50 cm long. Leaves shortly petiolate, deltoid, ovate or broadly trullate, c. 1–2 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, margins entire, upper surface virtually glabrous, lower surface grey-mealy. Flowers bisexual and female, clustered in short axillary and terminal panicles; tepals 5, mealy, united to near midway; stamens 5; pericarp thinly membranous. Seed horizontal, red-brown to blackish, 1–1.5 mm diam., remaining enclosed by enlarged fruiting perianth. Flowers mostly Sep.–Mar.

*CVU, *DunT, *Gold, *HNF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to Europe. Weed of domestic and commercial gardens, but not common and rarely collected since 1950 (e.g. Mernda, Omeo). .

Source: Walsh, N.G. (1996). Chenopodiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 3, Dicotyledons Winteraceae to Myrtaceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
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kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Caryophyllanae
genus Chenopodium
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Chenopodium vulvaria in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chenopodium vulvaria in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced
Dundas Tablelands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised