MAPLELEAF GOOSEFOOT, Chenopodium
hybridum L. 1, root; 2, upper portion of stem with
flowers; 3, seed. Annual. Stem ridged, upright, widely
branched, as much as 5 feet (1.5 m) tall. Leaves alternate, thin,
light green, long-petioled, as broad as wide, with 1 to 4 large teeth on
margins, free of mealiness on lower surface, easily detached from stem.
Flowers greenish, inconspicuous, in a loose terminal panicle. Seeds
dull black, lens-shaped, 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) or more in diameter, and covered
with thin tissue that rubs off. Found in fence rows and waste areas.