Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Monolepis nuttalliana (J.A. Schultes) Greene
- Family: Goosefoot (Chenopodiaceae)
- Flowering: April-September
- Field Marks: This branched annual has alternate, hastate leaves and small, greenish flowers with only 1 sepal and 1 stamen.
- Habitat: Alkaline soils.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Sprawling and ascending, much branched, up to 10 inches tall, succulent, mealy
when young, but becoming smooth.
- Leaves: Alternate, simple, hastate, up to 2 inches long, mealy at first, becoming smooth.
- Flowers: Many in small, dense, sessile, reddish clusters, the male and female often borne separately on separate plants.
- Sepals: 1, spatulate to obovate, about 1/24 inch long.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 1.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; styles 2.
- Fruits: Ovoid, pitted, about 1/24 inch across, containing 1 dark seed.
- Notes: The seeds are sometimes eaten by birds.
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