Mesquite Wash, e. Maricopa Co., Arizona. March 30, 2008 and again 2 Feb. 2020. This photo has
been added as well in full resolution to
ANNUAL: A small annual of spring growing prostrate on soil typically
spreading to less than 20 cm across.
LEAVES: Leaves are elliptic, 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 without petals in clusters.
Caryophyllaceae -- Pink Family