Mollugo verticillata L.
Family - Aizoaceae
Stems - Prostrate to ascending, multiple from base, glabrous, dichotomously branched, from branched taproot, with slightly swollen nodes.
Node of stem.
Leaves - In whorls of 4 to 8, sessile or tapering to a short petiole, spatulate to narrowly oblanceolate, entire, glabrous, to 2cm long, +4mm broad, acute, with single prominent midvein.
Whorl of leaves.
Inflorescence - 1-5 pedicillate flowers from each leaf axil. Pedicels to +/-10mm long, glabrous, filiform.
Flowers - Calyx lobes to 2mm long, glabrous, white internally, externally with 3 green vertical lines(united at apex) and white margins. Stamens 3, white, glabrous, 1.4mm long. Anthers yellow, to .3mm long. Ovary of 3 united carpels, globose, superior, glabrous, green. Placentation axile. Styles to .4mm long. Capsule to 2.2mm long, ovoid, many seeded. Seeds brown, shiny, reniform, .6mm broad.
Flowering - May - November.
Habitat - Waste ground, disturbed sites, glades, roadsides, railroads.
Origin - Native to Central and South America.
Other info. - This miniature
weed can be found throughout Missouri and much of the U.S.
Photographs taken at the Honey Creek Conservation Area, MO., 6-14-03.