Corn Spurry
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Corn Spurry
aturalized Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Corn Spurry • Nepali: झ्याउ झार Jhyaau Jhaar, ल्वाङ्ग्टा Lwaangtaa
Botanical name: Spergula arvensis    Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)

Corn Spurry is an annual herb spreading by seed. It forms irregular clumps. It can grow in a mound up to 12 inches high and 24 inches wide. It is mostly seen growing between, around, and through other weeds. Leaves are unique, making this plant easy to identify. Leaves occur in whorls around the stem. Each leaf is circular in cross section, fleshy, about 1 inch long, and often curved slightly towards the terminal end of the branch. Flowers are perfect, have 5 white petals, 10 yellow stamens, and are about 1 cm in diameter. There are 5 sepals behind the petals which are slightly offset. Corn Spurry is native to the American continent, naturalized in India, among other places.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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