Red Goosefoot, Studland, Dorset
Close-up of flowers, each with 5 perianth segments
Fruiting flower spike with seeds
Close-up of reddish-brown seeds
August to October
It is found throughout the country except for parts of the
Northwest and the far Southwest.
For a map see the National Biodiversity Network Gateway
It grows on waste ground, bare farm land such as gateways,
tracks and manure heaps, in organic mud by ponds and ditches,
and in drier saltmarshes and dune slacks.
It is on the increase.
Red Goosefoot is a native, annual, usually reddish, prostrate or
erect herb, growing up to 80cm.
The small petalless flowers are in dense spikes.
Stamens and styles (not shown here) are in the same flower.
The 5 perianth segments (sepals) are green, turning deep red,
and fused to half way over the seeds.
The seeds are dark red-brown.
Leaves are up to 5cm, roughly diamond-shaped and variously
Stems are ridged and green to red.
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