Fatoua villosa (Thunb.) Nakai - Hairy Crabweed

Fatoua villosa plant

Family - Moraceae

Stems:

Fatoua villosa stem

Leaves:

Fatoua villosa leaves

Inflorescence:

Fatoua villosa inflorescence

Flowers:

Fatoua villosa flower

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Disturbed sites, lawns.

Origin - Native to tropical Asia.

Other information - This weedy species can be found scattered throughout much of Alabama and is probably more common than reported. The plant can be identified by its toothed, alternate leaves, clusters of small flowers, and villosulous stems.
The genus name Fatoua is of unknown derivation.
The species epithet villosa derives from the Latin "villos" meaning "hairy" referring to the stems of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Fatoua villosa map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 8-19-04.


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