A sprawling, annual plant considered a common weed which is probably native to southern Europe, but has naturalized throughout the world and is considered a serious pest in some places. Can be found growing in gardens, fields, lawns, waste places, and along roadsides. STEMS are succulent and brittle, tangled and procumbent and can grow to 18 inches long; have a line of white hair on one side only which changes direction at each pair of leaves. LEAVES are small, paired, light green, ovate, opposite, upto 1½ inches long, upper leaves sessile. FLOWERS are tiny, white, and star-shaped. Its name is most likely derived from the custom of using the seeds as birdfood.
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CONTAINS: Volatile oil, fixed oils, palmatic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, steroidal saponins, polysaccharides, starch, lecithin.
SEEDS = 17.8% protein, 5.9% fat.
BASED on ZERO MOISTURE per 100 grams: 196 mg aluminum, 15.7% ash, 1210 mg calcium, 0.11 mg chromium, 1.21 mg cobalt, 25.3 mg iron, 529 mg magnesium, 0.53 mg manganese, 4.7 mg niacin, 448 mg phosphorus, 840 mg potassium, 21.7% protein, 0.13 mg riboflavin, 0.043 mg selenium, 0.57 mg silicon, 147 mg sodium, 0.21 mg thiamine, trace of tin, 7229 IU vitamin A, 6.9 mg vitamin C, 0.52 mg zinc.
WATER WHEN FRESH = 91.7%
WATER WHEN AIR DRIED = 7.1%