Melde (Chenopodium_album)

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Obtaining
    2.   1.2  Uses
  2.   2.  More
  3.   3.  'Souls
Common Name Melde
Latin Name Chenopodium_album (genus)
Atriplex sagittata by Aung (Wikimedia Commons)

1.  Description

It tends to grow upright at first, reaching heights of 10–150 cm (rarely to 3 m), but typically becomes recumbent after flowering (due to the weight of the foliage and seeds) unless supported by other plants. It is robust and competitive.

1.1  Obtaining

  • Extremely Common (wild growth): Though considered a weed in some areas, the Melde was cultivated in others; thus, it invaded and became naturalized in many regions similar to its temperate Eurasian home range.

1.2  Uses


  • Livestock: As some of the common names suggest, it is also used as food (both the leaves and the seeds) for chickens, hens and other poultry.
  • Cultivated in lieu of spinach? in some areas.
  • Each plant produces tens of thousands of black seeds. These are high in protein, vitamin A, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium.

2.  More

3.  'Souls

  • Something!

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