Fatoua villosa (Thunb.) Nakai

Hairy Crabweed

Fatoua villosa plant

Family - Moraceae

Stems - No info yet.

Fatoua villosa stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Fatoua villosa leaves

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Fatoua villosa inflorescence

Flowers - No info yet.

Fatoua villosa flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Disturbed sites, waste ground.

Origin - Native to tropical Asia.

Other info. - This scuzzy tropical weed can be found in a handful of scattered Missouri counties. The plant was only recently reported (2001) in Missouri and was first reported in the United States around 1969. The plants spreads quickly becasue the seeds are transported with horticultural materials. It is considered a noxious weed in North America.
This species can be identified by its alternate, triangular leaves, its villosulous stems, and its pedunculate clusters of tiny flowers.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 8-18-04.