Scientific Name - Amaranthus viridus L.
[Amaranthus gracilis Desf.]
Family - Amaranthaceae
Prostrate to erect summer annual with broadly egg-shaped, simple, alternate leaves. Seed heads terminal and axilliary, spike-like. Reproduces from tiny, dark brown to black seeds. Usually a problem only during turfgrass establishment. Found from North Carolina south into Florida, and west into Arizona. Also found in the West Indies, Central and South America, Tropical Africa, Asia, Europe and Hawaii.