Chenopodium album (Scientific name)

General poisoning notes:

Lamb's-quarters (Chenopodium album) is a naturalized annual herb found in disturbed soils across Canada. This plant can cause sickness and death in livestock if large quantities are ingested. The plants can accumulate both nitrates and soluble oxalates. Cattle and sheep have been poisoned. Humans who consume large quantities of the plant and are subsequently exposed to sunlight suffer photosensitization (Whitehead and Moxon 1952, Cooper and Johnson 1984).

References:

  • Cooper, M. R., Johnson, A. W. 1984. Poisonous plants in Britain and their effects on animals and man. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, England. 305 pp.

Nomenclature:

Scientific Name:
Chenopodium album L.
Vernacular name(s):
lamb's-quarters
Scientific family name:
Chenopodiaceae
Vernacular family name:
goosefoot

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References:

  • Agriculture Quebec. 1975. Noms des maladies des plantes du Canada/ Names of plant diseases in Canada. , Quebec City, Que., Canada. 288 pp.
  • Alex, J. F., Cayouette, R., Mulligan, G. A. 1980. Common and botanical names of weeds in Canada/Noms populaire et scientifiques des plantes nuisibles du Canada. Revised. Agric. Can. Publ., Ottawa, Ont., Canada. 132 pp.
  • Bailey, L. H., Bailey, E. Z. 1976. Hortus third. Revised. MacMillan, New York, N.Y., USA. 1290 pp.
  • Scoggan, H. J. 1978, 1979. The flora of Canada. Nat. Mus. Nat. Sci. (Ottawa) Publ. Bot. 7(1)-7(4). 1711 pp.
  • Van Wijk, H. L. 1911. A dictionary of plant names. Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, The Netherlands. 1444 pp.
  • Victorin, M. 1964. Flore Laurentienne. 2nd ed. Univ. Montreal, Montreal, Que., Canada. 952 pp.

Geographic Information

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • New Brunswick
  • Newfoundland
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon Territory

References:

  • Bailey, L. H., Bailey, E. Z. 1976. Hortus third. Revised. MacMillan, New York, N.Y., USA. 1290 pp.
  • Boivin, B. 1966, 1967. Énumération des plantes du Canada. Provencheria 6. Nat. Can. (Que.) 93: 253-274; 371-437; 583-646; 989-1063. 94: 131-157; 471-528; 625-655.

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Toxic parts:

  • Leaves
  • Stems

References:

  • Gilbert, C. S., Eppson, H. F., Bradley, W. B., Beath, O. A. 1946. Nitrate accumulation in cultivated plants and weeds. Univ. Wyo. Agric. Exp. Stn. Bull., 277. 39 pp.
  • Whitehead, E. I., Moxon, A. L. 1952. Nitrate poisoning. S. D. Agric. Exp. Stn. Bull., 424. 24 pp.

Notes on Toxic plant chemicals:

This plant can accumulate high levels of nitrates and oxalates. The high oxalate content is thought to be responsible for most cases of poisoning (Cooper and Johnson 1984).

Toxic plant chemicals:

  • Nitrate
  • Oxalate

References:

  • Cooper, M. R., Johnson, A. W. 1984. Poisonous plants in Britain and their effects on animals and man. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, England. 305 pp.
  • Gilbert, C. S., Eppson, H. F., Bradley, W. B., Beath, O. A. 1946. Nitrate accumulation in cultivated plants and weeds. Univ. Wyo. Agric. Exp. Stn. Bull., 277. 39 pp.
  • Whitehead, E. I., Moxon, A. L. 1952. Nitrate poisoning. S. D. Agric. Exp. Stn. Bull., 424. 24 pp.

Animals/Human Poisoning:

Note: When an animal is listed without additional information, the literature (as of 1993) contained no detailed explanation.

Cattle

General symptoms of poisoning:

References:

  • Cooper, M. R., Johnson, A. W. 1984. Poisonous plants in Britain and their effects on animals and man. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, England. 305 pp.

Horses

Humans

Sheep

Swine

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