Herniaria hirsuta cinerea

Herniaria hirsuta Photo © by Michael Plagens

Photographed near 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 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 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.

UNARMED: Thornless.

Herniaria hirsuta Photo © by Michael Plagens

Caryophyllaceae -- Pink Family

More Information:

Sonoran Desert Field Guide
Sonoran Desert Places
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Home Page


Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 22 May 2009,
updated 9 Feb. 2020.