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Please excuse the somewhat stark photography. I'm currently in tech week for the show I'm in, so I don't get home until well after dark. This plant is growing in the patch of land where the grass is still failing to grow even after adding more soil and reseeding with a shade/drought-tolerant species.

As can be seen in the pictures, it's got a 7-pointed lobed leaf. My first thought is that it looks a little like a tree, maybe a poplar or maple, but I'm not botanist. I'm happy enough that anything is growing there, but I'm curious. If it helps, all of this sprung up within a few weeks.

Here is a close-up of one of the leaves:

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  • I don't think that's a match. The leaves are different, the shape is different... :) – Sean Duggan Sep 10 '15 at 19:29
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    The first link is to an immature plant. Mature, they tend to look more like this: diamon-naturals.us/lambs%20quarter.jpg Also Lambsquarter. In low-light environments the plant will often get longer between the nodes as it tries to get taller and reach for more light. – GardenerJ Sep 10 '15 at 19:35
  • It's possible, but the leaves still don't look right. The Lambsquarter has very serrated edges and non-distinct lobes. This one seems to have a distinct set of lobes and points with smoother edges in between. I've added a close-up of a leaf from a higher-resolution original image. – Sean Duggan Sep 10 '15 at 19:43
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    This is exactly what lambs quarters look like when mature in my garden – Brian Surowiec Sep 10 '15 at 23:25
  • Incidentally, before I could get to it, the plant got cropped to the ground, no doubt by the local deer. – Sean Duggan Sep 15 '15 at 17:48
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Fairly certain this is Common Lambsquarter. Chenopodium album. Common Lambsquarter Perhaps the margins are a bit different because it is in some shade?

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  • That is possible. :) I'm not certain how I would eventually find out... – Sean Duggan Sep 10 '15 at 20:27
  • I'd pull it up and go on! Before it goes to seed...? It is definitely a weed. Possibly edible if you don't over-do. This is in your yard? Pull it out...!? – stormy Sep 10 '15 at 20:32

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