Synonyms: Chenopodium missouriense Aellen
Family: Chenopodiaceae - Goosefoot family
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Bangla/Vernacular Name: Bethusag, Batuashak
Tribal Name: Bathwa shag (Chakma), Aangpadi (Khumi), Bra Tho Aa(Marma), Buthak(Tripura).
English Name: Lamb's Quarters, Goose Foot.
An annual herb. Leaves very variable in size and shape, oblong, rhombic, deltoid or lanceolate, entire, toothed or irregularly lobutate; upper leaves smaller and more entire than the lower. Flowers very small in clusters, forming complex or lax paniculate often mealy spikes.
Aerial parts contain essential oil, mineral salts, albuninoids and other nitrogenous compounds, carotene and vitamin C. Oxalic acid is also present in the aerial parts. Roots contain ecdysteroids, ß-ecdysone and polypodine B (Ghani, 2003).
Chenopodium album L.
Commonly available as a winter weed in fallow lands throughout the country.