An annual of disturbed, nutrient-rich cultivated and waste ground. Usually casual, it is long-established near the sea in S.E. England. Lowland.
C. murale has been present in Britain since Roman times. Like some other Chenopodium species it has declined markedly since the 1962 Atlas.
As an archaeophyte C. murale has a Eurosiberian Southern-temperate distribution; it is widely naturalised outside this range.
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