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Mollugo verticillata

Higher Taxonomy
Family: MolluginaceaeView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Habit: Annual [perennial herb, shrub], glabrous or hairy. Stem: prostrate to erect. Leaf: simple, generally basal and cauline, alternate, opposite, or whorled, entire, (fleshy), petioled [not]; stipules 0 or small, deciduous. Inflorescence: axillary or terminal cyme [umbel] or flowers 1; flowers pedicelled or not. Flower: generally bisexual, small, radial; sepals 4--5, free or fused, persistent; corolla 0 or small (= staminodes); stamens 2--25, free or fused basally, on hypanthium, alternate sepals, petal-like or not; nectary a ring; ovary superior, chambers [1]3--5[10], placentas generally axile, styles [0]1 or 3--5, generally free. Fruit: 3--5-valved capsule [achene]. Seed: 1 or more per chamber, reniform to lenticular, arilled or not.
Genera In Family: 14 genera, 125 species: generally tropics, subtropics, especially Africa.
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr.
Scientific Editor: Thomas J. Rosatti.
Genus: MollugoView DescriptionDichotomous Key

Common Name: CARPET-WEED
Habit: Annual [perennial herb], glabrous. Stem: prostrate to erect, slender, branched from base. Leaf: generally whorled, linear to oblanceolate; stipules +- 0. Inflorescence: axillary, terminal, cyme, umbel [flowers 1]; pedicel 3--30 mm. Flower: sepals 5, free, margins +- scarious; petals 0; stamens 3--5, fused basally; styles 3--5, linear. Fruit: 3-valved, included in calyx. Seed: many, reniform, smooth, ridged, or finely net-sculptured; aril 0.
Species In Genus: 35 species: tropics, subtropics. Etymology: (Greek: soft or pliant) Note: Worldwide revision of genus needed.

Mollugo verticillata L.
Habit: Annual, mat-forming, < 50 cm diam, glabrous. Stem: forked unequally. Leaf: in whorls of 3--8, 5--40 mm. Inflorescence: flowers 2--6. Flower: sepals 1.5--2.5 mm, oblong-elliptic; stamens 3 mm; stigmas 3, +- sessile. Fruit: ovoid-ellipsoid. Seed: dark- or red-brown. Chromosomes: 2n=64.
Ecology: Common. Moist, exposed, disturbed wetland margins, roadsides, fields; Elevation: < 1000 m. Bioregional Distribution: CA-FP, SNE; Distribution Outside California: North America; native to tropical America. Flowering Time: May--Nov
eFlora Treatment Author: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr.
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Citation for this treatment: Michael A. Vincent & Wayne R. Ferren, Jr. 2017. Mollugo verticillata, in Jepson Flora Project (eds.) Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2017.

Citation for the whole project: Jepson Flora Project (eds.) 2017. Jepson eFlora,, accessed on April 30, 2017.

Geographic subdivisions for Mollugo verticillata:
Markers link to CCH specimen records. Yellow markers indicate records that may provide evidence for eFlora range revision or may have georeferencing or identification issues. Purple markers indicate specimens collected from a garden, greenhouse, or other non-wild location.
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(Note: any qualifiers in the taxon distribution description, such as 'northern', 'southern', 'adjacent' etc., are not reflected in the map above, and in some cases indication of a taxon in a subdivision is based on a single collection or author-verified occurence).

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Duplicates counted once; synonyms included.
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