Amaranthus albus L. - Tumbleweed
Family - Amaranthaceae
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Arrow shows minute flower.
Flowering - July - October.
Habitat - Waste ground, cultivated areas, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.
Origin - Native to U.S., introduced into Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa.
Other info. - This weedy species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant can be identified by its spreading, light yellow to whitish stems and axillary inflorescences. The minute flowers are subtended by aristate bracts. The shiny black seeds, which are about 1mm in diameter, are typical of the genus.
Photographs taken off Missouri Bottom Rd. near the St. Louis Airport, MO., 8-7-05.