Ontario Weeds: Carpetweed
Excerpt from Publication 505, Ontario Weeds, Order this publication
Table of Contents
- Other Names
- General Description
- Stems and Roots
- Flowers and Fruit
- Similar Species
- Related Links
Stems & Roots: This prostrate
plant is occasionally confused with Purslane but is distinguished
by its thinner, yellowish-green stems.
Leaves: It has thin, flat leaves produced in whorls of 3 to 8 leaves at each node, and its clusters of usually 2 to 5 small, pale green to whitish flowers on short stalks (5-15mm, 1/5-3/5in.) from axils of those whorled leaves.
Flowers & Fruit: The flowers usually have 3 stamens and are followed by small, ovoid seedpods (3mm, 1/8in. long) which split lengthwise and have very tiny seeds. Flowers from June to August.
Habitat: Carpetweed occurs in moist sandy or coarse soils in gardens, row crops, waste places and along railways and roadsides throughout Ontario, chiefly in the southern part.
Similar Species: It is distinguished from the prostrate spurges, such as Hairy-fruited spurge, by its whorls of leaves and the complete absence of white, milky juice.
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