Tuesday, June 2, 2009

~ Identifying Lambsquarters ~

~ Photo of young lambsquarter , notice red hues ~

~ The new growth is mealy/fuzzy white , I think that's why it's
called lambsquarter ~

~ I tried to get a good photo of the stem , this photo isn't great , but the stem is ribbed and has reddish hues were it branches ~

~ If you turn the leaves over and rub them , you will see the mealy/powdery residue ~

~ When the leaves are washed ,
you will see the mealy residue in the water and around the bowl ~

~ Lambsquarter - Chenopodium album ~

The field guide I have said there are many similar species , most are edible. Flowers are small , greenish with red hues and seeds are tiny black.

Note ~ you should beware of Mexican Tea , which looks like lambsquarter , but Mexican Tea smells like varnish. There is another plant in the Chenopodium family called Jerusalem Oak which has sticky , oak type leaves and smells like turpentine. These plants aren't edible.

~ Warning ~ Information for educational purposes only , never eat or use any plant you're unsure of.

~ Herbal Blessings ~


JoyceAnn said...

Flassie ,
I saw the plant on your blog , I don't think it is lambsquarter. It may be Mexican Tea or Jerusalem Oak.
Does it have white flowers , looks like I see a white bloom in your photo , but wasn't sure.

~ Blessings ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

OH, OK! Thanks! I will not
eat anything I am unsure of.

But there are people out there
that do.

I remember years ago hearing on
the news that some people ate
mushrooms they thought were ok
to eat and their livers failed.

So I am cautious about making
sure I have positive identification.

I'll have to go back and see
if they have bloomed. Seems they
were getting close to blooming.

When you break a leaf off of Lambsquarter does it ooze out
a milky substance or is it clean?

I am sure after looking at the photos I took of that plant and looking at yours that they are not the same plant.

I know other plants that have that
milky ooze in them too.

I will look up Mexican Tea and Jerusalem Oak.

My son is here and have some things
going on in the family too that I
do not know how much time I will have to spend online this summer.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I looked up those two plants
and the leaf is more slim.

I need to find out where I
laid my book to see if it
is in there.

Thanks for all the help in
trying to identify it!

God Bless You and Yours!!!

JoyceAnn said...

Flassie ,
The lambsquarter I harvest doesn't have an milky substance , just the white mealy residue.
Hope all is well with your son and family. Enjoy his visit !

~ Blessings ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

That weed bloom is yellow. It hasn't opened all the way yet and I haven't found it in the book I have.

That other weed hasn't bloomed
yet either. Not even a stalk.

I wonder if it just doesn't
bloom or maybe it is one that
blooms later or in a couple yrs.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

Flassie's Fil'a said...

You know the blog entry I made about, What is this weed?

I went by that plant this morning on my walk. Since I'd last been there it shot up like a weed.lol!

I finally found out what it was.
I looked up Tansy and Tansy
Ragwort came up and that is
what it looks like.

God Bless You and Yours!!!

JoyceAnn said...

I'm glad you found out what it was , I get exited when I i.d. a new herb.

~ Blessings ~

Flassie's Fil'a said...

I think it is poisonous
to cattle and horses or
both. Probably humans too.
I'd have to learn more about