SCIENTIFIC NAME: Spinacia oleracea
COMMON NAME(S): Spinach
FAMILY: CHENOPODIACEAE - Goosefoot family
ORIGIN: Possibly southwest Asia
HABITAT: Vegetable gardens, supermarket produce
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, flat, bright green, oval shaped to almost triangular or arrowhead-shaped
FLOWERS: Small and inconspicuous, separate male and female, the males borne on dense spikes, the females in the leaf axils
FLOWERING SEASON: Spring
FRUITS: Small, hard, dry; relatively inconspicuous
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Calcium oxalate, other unknowns?
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: Spinach has occasionally caused contact dermatitis in people handling the leaves and stems.