Mollugo verticillata carpet-weed Molluginaceae MOVE*; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001); NY, bl (Stalter and Tang 2002), ct, mn; Q, j, rb; K, fs; R, bm, c;

 

Mollugo verticillata.Steven D. Glenn.New York Metropolitan Flora.nymf,bbg.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Mollugo verticillata.Steven D. Glenn.New York Metropolitan Flora.nymf, bbg.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Mollugo verticillata is an annual C4 herb (Ludwig et al. 2010), from a taproot, prostrate, stem repeatedly forked, forming mats to 40 cm wide. 

Leaves in whorls of 3-8, stalk short, blade 1-3 cm long, to about 0.4 cm wide, narrow, widest above middle (oblanceolate), tapering to base, midrib depressed, conspicuous. 

Flowers white to pale green, 0.4-0.5 cm wide, radially symmetrical, 5-parted, sepals free; stamens 3-4, ovary superior; inflorescence of 2-5 flowers at each node each on a stalk 0.5-1.5 cm long; blooms June-Nov. 

Fruit dry, oval, 0.3 cm, seeds numerous. 

Wetland status: FAC. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent (but more common, than collections indicate). 

Origin: Tropical America. 

Habitat: Open, disturbed, moist soil, back dunes, gardens, tree pits, roadsides, ball fields.