Chenopodium vulvaria

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Stinking Goosefoot
Chenopodium vulvaria - Woodville.jpg
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.


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 Groom, Quentin (January 8, 2015), "Piecing together the biogeographic history of Chenopodium vulvaria L. using botanical literature and collections", PeerJ, 3: e723, doi:10.7717/peerj.723, PMC 4304866, PMID 25653906
  2. ^ "Botanical Latin" William T. Stearn
  3. ^ "Flora silvestre y ornamental del Campus de la Universidad Pablo de Olavide" M. Luceño & al. (2005)

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