Scleranthus annuus knawel Caryophyllaceae SCAN*; Bx, pb; NY; Q, fr, j; K, m; R;

 

Scleranthus annuus

Scleranthus annuus .Andrea Moro.Creative Commons.luirig.altervista.org. (Accessed 4/2014).

Scleranthus annuus is an annual herb, low growing, spreading to 15 cm. 

Leaves opposite, stalkless, linear, 0.5-2.5 cm long, fleshy, bases fused (connate). 

Flowers without petals, calyx green with white edge, 5-lobed, tiny, anthers yellow, much smaller than sepals (Yatskievych 2006); inflorescence branched, of compact clusters; blooming March-Oct.. 

Scleranthus annuus.commons.wikipedia.org

Scleranthus annuus.commons.wikimedia.org. (Accessed 5/2014).

Fruit dry, topped by persistent calyx, 1-seeded. 

Wetland status: FACU-. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Eurasia. 

Habitat: Open areas on disturbed, dry soil, sand or fill.