Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Spotted Sandmat

Spotted Sandmat
Chamaesyce maculate
This is one of those plants that grows in cracks on your sidewalk.  It looks the same as about any other one.  If you're just dying to figure out which species is which, this one has red spots on the leaves.

People often lament the introduction of species to an area.  However, in this case we have created a new environment ... sidewalks ... which the native plants don't know what to do with.  So plants that are adapted to that sort of environment, perhaps seaside plants or desert/rocky plants, fill in this new niche.  You can't stop biodiversity!

The stems are red
4-petaled flower
hairy stem
red spot on leaf

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