Carpetweed: Mollugo verticillata
|Weed Description: A
late-germinating, much-branched summer annual forming circular patches several feet in
Seedling: Hypocotyl is short, green early turning brown with time. Cotyledons are oblong, thickened, smooth and 1.5 to 3.0 mm long.
|Leaves: Smooth, in
whorls of 3-8 at each node. Leaves are sessile, 1 to 3 cm long, widest above the
middle and tapering to the base (oblanceolate).
Roots: Small, branched taproot.
and much-branched, lying on the ground with tips ascending (decumbent). Stems are
green and 5 to 30 cm long.
Flowers: In clusters of 2 to 5 with slender 5-15 mm long stalks. Each flower is small (4-5 mm wide), and white in color.
|Fruit: A small
(1.5-4 mm long) three-parted, egg-shaped capsule containing small orange to red seeds.
Identifying Characteristics: Whorls of leaves at each stem node in addition to the circular, light green, mat-like growth.