Having Simple, Alternate (or Rosette), Toothed Leaves
pink with long inferior ovaries...
Beeblossom (Gaura angustifolia)
with milky sap... see "Category L - Weeds with
painfully spiny ... Purple Thistle
(teeth oriented toward leaf tip like a sawblade):
If some or
all of the leaves are compound, see... Beggarticks
crushed leaves emit a strong "chemical" odor...
consider also Peppergrass, (Lepidium
tiny white 4-petalled flowers and round flat fruits 1/8" in diameter, leaves
smelly when crushed... Peppergrass
in a basal cluster, with widely spaced teeth; flowers green in a vertical green
wand ... Plantain
with irregularly toothed leaves, but the plant rising to 4' tall with the stem
leaves narrow and not toothed; plant parts with conspicuous long stiff hairs...
lilac; leaves with long-tapered bases...
Little Ironweed (Cyanthilfium cinereum)
sessile or nearly so; leaves hairless or nearly so...
sessile or nearly so; leaves very fuzzy...
Heartleaf Sida (Sida cordifolia)
wire-like stems 1-2" long... lndian Hemp
Dentate (teeth point
straight out) or spiny or irregularly Lobed:
sprawling in moist places; leaves with notched base, the teeth shallow...
Plants < 1'
tall; leaves deeply and irregularly lobed, pungent when crushed; flowers tiny
with 4 white petals; pods long like miniature green beans...
2' tall; leaf bases wrap around stem; flower heads red or lilac...
E. sonchifolia (lilac)
3' tall, with mealy white powder on young growth; flowers green in congested
clusters... Lambs Quarters
2' tall. Flowers yellow, resembling dandelion flower but numerous; basal leaves
irregularly lobed and narrowed toward the base...
weed having leaves with large, irregular lobes and teeth, the stems rising to 4'
tall from a rosette; flower heads mostly white with a long cylindric vaselike
involucre of phyllaries (green base to the flower heads)...
Burnweed (Erechtites hieraciifolius)
18" tall; petals yellowish, the sepals forming a husk around the flower base and
around the fruit... Husk Tomato. There are several species of
Physalis in Florida.
P. angustifiolia have stellate
trichomes, P. walteri throughout, and
P. angustifolia glabrous except on
the sepals. The other species have simple trichomes.
Physalis angulata has sharp teeth on the leaves.
Physalis pubescens and
P. arenicola have similar pubescent
leaves with irregular lobes and blunt teeth; the former has dark spots on the
flower, and the latter has flowers with no dark spots. There are additional
species but not likely encountered as weeds, esp. in South Florida.