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Tree Spinach (Purple Goosefoot, Giant Lambsquarters, Magenta Spreen)

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  • Common Name: Tree Spinach (Purple Goosefoot, Giant Lambsquarters, Magenta Spreen)
  • Latin Name: Chenopodium giganteum
  • Family Name: Amaranthaceae (formerly Chenopodiaceae)
Easily recognised by the deep pink flush that covers the growing tips, the Tree Spinach contains oxalic acid and saponins, so it is not a food to directly offer to your tortoise, although if a leaf is nibbled it shouldn't do any harm.  Do not confuse with Chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius), which is also called Tree Spinach.

Although a cultivated plant in the UK it is found growing in the wild in other countries.  See also Fat-hen and Good King Henry.
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