Species Detail

Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
goosefoot; lambs quarters


Scientific Name:  
Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
Common Name:  
goosefoot; lambs quarters
Myaamia Name:  
waapinkopakahki
Uses:  
Food
Harvest Seasons:  
Winter
Habitats:  
Undetermined
Locations:  
Undetermined
Growth Forms:  
Shrub, Herb

Myaamia Archival Sources  
Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
Reference Source Reference Type Archival Data Comments
No Reference Specified Use - Food  young leaves gathered and cooked as greens.
No Reference Specified Use - Food  greens collected and eaten. Seeds collected and made into flour; cut in half with wheat flour
No Reference Specified Use - Food 
Botanical Sources  
Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   native to tropical America; occurring as a weed in disturbed areas throughout eastern and western Miami lands
Related Sources  
Chenopodium ambrosioides L.
Reference Source Notes Data Comments
No Reference Specified   charred remains of Chenopodium spp. were found at a Miami Village (Ft Wayne), 1795-1812 (Ehler Site).
No Reference Specified   volative oil distilled from fresh aboveground portions of the flowering and fruiting plant of Chenopodium ambrosioides var. anthelminticum; in small doses 1cc has been used to treat round-; tape-; and hook-worms. In general; it increases cardiac rate; promotes secretions of bronchial tubes and kidneys; and has been used to treat hysteria
No Reference Specified   McPherson wrote; "It is believed that prior to introduction of corn prehistoric Indians in Indiana cultivated lambs quarters [Chenopodium sp.] is a green for its seeds. It is high in vitamins A and C and an excellent source of calcium" p. 81 –
No Reference Specified   archaeological studies have demonstrated that goosefoot was either cultivated or "strongly encouraged in wild stands" for consumption of seeds by Late Woodland prior to 700 A.D. through approximately 1450 A.D. indigenous peoples of central and southern Indiana