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Mollugo verticillata
carpetweed, green carpetweed

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia to Baja California, east over nearly all of temperate North America.

Habitat: Moist, often waste ground, especially along river banks.

Flowers: June--October

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Self-pollination, flies, wind


Usually glabrous, prostrate annual, with dichotomous, freely-branched stems up to 3 dm. long, forming mat-like patches.


Leaves in whorls of 4-6, linear-oblanceolate to obovate, 10-30 mm. long and 1-3 mm. wide, narrowed to short petioles.


Flowers greenish, single in the leaf axils, several per node; pedicles slender, 3-10 mm. long; sepals 5, distinct, persistent, about 2 mm. long, white on the inner surface, prominently 3-nerved; corolla none; stamens usually 3; styles 3, less than 0.5 mm. long.


3-celled capsule, 3-4 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Mollugo verticillata L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 89. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Mollugo verticillata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Mollugo verticillata checklist entry

OregonFlora: Mollugo verticillata information

E-Flora BC: Mollugo verticillata atlas page

CalPhotos: Mollugo verticillata photos

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