Scientific Name - Alternanthera pungens H.B.K.
Family - Amaranthaceae
Prostrate annual or perennial from a thick tap root. Stems hairy. Leaves opposite, broadest at the rounded tip, tapering to the petiole. Leaf margins smooth. Flowers white, in stiff-braced, almost spiny, heads. Heads sessile, solitary or two or three clustered at the nodes. reproduces by seed. Found in turf, pastures and along roadsides in sandy soils. Occurs in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, and California. Also found in Cuba, Jamaica, eastern Mexico, Java, India, Kenya, South Africa, and Australia. Native to South America.