Aug. 31, 2021

juniperleaf, Polypremum procumbens

Juniperleaf is a sprawling plant with tiny flowers only about an eighth of an inch wide. It seems that it just drops its seeds where it grows. No burs, no fluff, no wings, just tiny .3 mm seeds. How then do they travel so well? Juniper leaf was found in Hawaii in 1962. Since then it's turned up on Guam, Kwajalein, Palau, Wallis Island and in eastern Australia, often along runways. Somehow it hitches rides on airplanes? Juniper leaf is also called rustweed after its fall color. This native grows in weedy or other open spots in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OK, SC, TN, TX, VA, and south into South America.. Putnam Co GA, 7/7/18. Juniperleaf family, Tetrachondraceae.