Pennsylvania Smartweed

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Seedlings with cotyledons.  Key characteristics: cotyledons lanceolate in shape.   First true leaves are alternate.

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Vegetative plants.  Key characteristics: leaves are alternate and often have purple watermark on their surfaces.

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Stem.  Key characteristics: a paper-like sheath known as an ocrea is present at the base of the petioles.  The ocrea found on Pennsylvania smartweed does not contain hair.

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Flowers.  Key characteristics: spike-like clusters range in color from white to pink.


Seed.  Seed are rounded with a pointed terminal, reddish-brown and approximately 3.0 mm long.

Life cycle: summer annual.