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Burstwort

Herniaria hirsuta cinerea

Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near Mesquite Wash, e. Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 30, 2008. This photo has been added as well in full resolution to Wikimedia Commons

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ANNUAL: A small annual of spring growing prostrate on soil typically spreading to less than 20 cm across.

LEAVES: Leaves are elyptic, opposite on the stem and covered with ashy hairs. The stems and flower sepals are likewise beset with hairs.

RANGE: An introduced weed that is apparently still spreading into new areas in the Sonoran Desert. Common near washes, disturbed sandy soils, and in urban settings - often growing from cracks in pavement.

FRUIT: Minute capsules containing a single-seed.

FLOWERS: Numerous, minute green flowers in clusters.

UNARMED: Thornless.

Caryophyllaceae -- Pink Family

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