Froelichia gracilis cottonweed Amaranthaceae FRGR(*); Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); Q, bp (Zihao Wang 2016); j (Stalter and Lamont 2002); tl (Zihao Wag 2016); K, m (Zihao Wang 2016); R, cp; ml (Zihao Wang 2016);

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Froelichia gracilis.Robin R. Buckallew @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS DatabaseFroelichia gracilis.Robin R. Buckallew @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS DatabaseFroelichia gracilis is an annual C4 herb (Downton 1971), to 70 cm tall, stems slender, to 0.2 cm diameter, appressed white-hairy, usually with divergent basal branches.

Leaves opposite mostly on lower part of stem, linear to 8 cm long.1 cm wide, densely silky-hairy on both sides.

Flowers very small, in 3 row spirals along whitish wooly spikes 1-3 cm long, 6-10 flowers per cm, late season stems often pink-red.

Fruit dry, wooly flask-shaped, winged, to 0.5 cm long; blooms and fruits July-Sept.

Wetland status: UPL.

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent.

Origin: Midwestern USA.

Habitat: Dry, sandy soil in open areas.