Montia linearis - Narrow-leaved montia
I've seen this weed in many cultivated fields. It germinates in
early spring (February), blooms in March, and is dead before May. It
is so small, most will never notice it. It is likely that each of
you have walked over this plant every spring, but were never aware of it.
I include a brief description of this plant because it inhabits cultivated
fields of western Oregon. Even though it is hardly a threat and barely
It's habit is a small clump up to 6 inches tall and wide, though usually
Foliage is tubular in cross-section, and often turns red during dry spells
or in late spring just before it dies.
Like other plants in the family Portulacaceae, flowers have 5 petals and
2 sepals. Flowers are only open on sunny days (also typical of Portulacaceae).
Usually, flowers are nodding downward.
Flowers occur in racemes which is more evident in the ripening seed pods
below. Flowers can also be described as secund, meaning flowers occur
on only one side of the stem.
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