Chenopodium album L.

Fat Hen

Sp. Pl. 219 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Erect, variable, grey-mealy annual herb to c. 1.2 m high. Stems streaked grey and green. Leaves narrowly ovate to broadly trullate, c. 2–6 cm long, 0.5–5 cm wide, at least the lower petiolate, margins entire, toothed or irregularly lobed. Flowers bisexual and female, in small clusters, distinct or continuous within a slender panicle; tepals 5, mealy on outer surface, shortly united at base; stamens 5; pericarp thinly membranous, easily removed from seed. Seed horizontal, red-brown, 1–1.3 mm diam., obtuse around equator, remaining enclosed by perianth at maturity. Flowers mostly Jan.–May.

*Brid, *CVU, *EGL, *EGU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *GGr, *HNF, *MuF, *MuM, *NIS, *OtP, *RobP, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP, *Wim. Naturalized all States. Native to Europe but naturalised in most countries, rare in tropics. Common urban and agricultural weed, occurring away from settlement on disturbed or imported soil. .

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 album in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Chenopodium album in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Bridgewater present naturalised
Victorian Volcanic Plain present naturalised
Victorian Riverina present introduced
Robinvale Plains present introduced
Murray Fans present introduced
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Otway Plain present naturalised
Warrnambool Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Greater Grampians present introduced
Northern Inland Slopes present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present introduced
East Gippsland Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Northern Fall present naturalised
Victorian Alps present introduced