Plant ID forum: Tall European "Spinach"?

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Name: joelsephus
Huntingdon Valley, PA (Zone 5b)
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joelsephus
May 1, 2014 11:25 AM CST
Hey all,

My elderly Hungarian neighbors have a plant growing along the side of their house, which they call "Hungarian Spinach" or "European Spinach Tree". I've looked up these names to no avail. It grows to about 5 or 6 feet tall, with tender tasty leaves and disk-shaped seed pods about the size of a dime. The gold finches just love the seeds! It doesn't seem to match the descriptions I've seen for Malabar and New Zealand Spinach. Anyone have any ideas? Confused
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 1, 2014 11:33 AM CST

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Some species of Atriplex, I think. Atriplex hortensis, maybe.
Name: joelsephus
Huntingdon Valley, PA (Zone 5b)
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joelsephus
May 1, 2014 11:46 AM CST
By Jove, I think you've got it! Not sure which kind, but I think it's definitely an atriplex. I'll post more pics once they get bigger. Thanks for the ID!
Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
May 1, 2014 11:50 AM CST

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I tip my hat to you. We've grown them numerous times. It's an easy plant that is fairly good to eat. We usually grow the purple ones because they are more ornamental.
Name: Greene
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greene
May 1, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Look up Hablitzia tamnoides aka Caucasian spinach and see it that's it. I have seeds for it but have not grown it so don't know what it looks or tastes like except in online searches.
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JRsbugs
May 1, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Could it be a type of Sorrel? It doesn't look quite like the ones I know, I have two species persisting in my garden. Rumex acetosella and Rumex acetosa, the latter is I think called Spinach Dock, I have a small number of plants but the leaves are a little different.

http://healthfoodjunkies.ca/2010/08/07/soska-soup/

It could be a variety of Rumex acetosa ..

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Herb-Seeds-Sorrel-Large-French-500...

http://www.sarahraven.com/shop/sorrel-french.html

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RUSSIAN-SORREL-SEEDS-XXL-SIZE-LARG...

http://ukrainiancalgary.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/ukrainian-sch...

http://greenlifeinsocal.com/2009/11/22/french-sorrel-in-toma...

http://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Rumex+scutatus

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_scutatus

The mature leaves are likely to be different.

I'm not sure about Atriplex, it could be but look closely at the base of the leaves ..

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Atriplex+leaves&source=lnm...




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