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Chenopodium vulvaria

Stinking Goosefoot
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Chenopodium
Species: C. vulvaria
Binomial name
Chenopodium vulvaria

Stinking goosefoot (Chenopodium vulvaria), or notchweed, is a foul-smelling plant or weed. The plant is a member of the genus Chenopodium, the goosefoots.


  • Distribution 1
  • Ecology 2
  • Etymology 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Its native distribution is practically pan-European and extends eastward to Pakistan. However, it has also naturalised in Australia, California and parts of South America.[1]

The world distribution


It is an annual weed of bare soil and is not tolerant of competition. It is largely found where soil has been disturbed and in waste places by the sides of roads and walls.[1]


The specific epithet comes from the Latin term vulva ("external female genitalia"), in reference to the characteristic odour of the crushed leaves [2] which resembles dry fish.[3]


  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ "Botanical Latin" William T. Stearn
  3. ^ "Flora silvestre y ornamental del Campus de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide" M. Luceño & al. (2005)

External links

  • Jepson Manual Treatment
  • USDA Plants Profile
  • Flora of North America
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