Goosefoot Leaves Red Underneath?
Every reference I have seen to goosefoot - specifically lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) - refers to the underside of the leaves being "whitish".
I have many plants in my garden that appear to be lambsquarters. The leaf shape is distinct, isn't it? Lobed except near the tip? I have field guides and have checked some Web sources and the leaf shape looks like a match.
However, when the leaf is turned over to expose the underside, "whitish" is not the first word that comes to mind. "Red" is. Maybe a whitish haze over the red, but most definitely, these leaves are green on top and red underneath.
It is early in the season (July 4, 2008). Perhaps this is a feature that fades with maturity? Am I looking at Lambsquarters or something else?