Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Green Carpetweed - Mollugo verticillata   Only member of Mollugo in NC.
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Section 6 » Order Caryophyllales » Family Molluginaceae
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DistributionStatewide, and likely occurs in all counties.

Native of tropical America; in N.A. occurs over most of the region.
AbundanceCommon to very common statewide, slightly less numerous in the western Piedmont and Mountains.
HabitatFields, lawns, roadsides, driveways, drawdown zones of ponds, creeks, and rivers.
PhenologyFlowers and fruits May-December.
IdentificationThis is a prostrate species, spreading from a single point (root), but not rooting at the nodes. It small leaves are linear and appear whorled along the stems. The flowers are small and consist of 5 green sepals that have white margins, and 5 staminodes that are white and appear as "petals", which are lacking.
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