Botanical name: Polycarpaea corymbosa Family: Caryophyllaceae (Carnation family)
Synonyms: Achyranthes corymbosa, Polycarpaea nebulosa
Oldman's Cap is a weed of sandy soils in open woodland and grassland, and of cultivated ground. It is an erect annual herb, usually unbranched. Leaves are opposite or appear in whorls, linear up to 3.5 cm long with a bristle at the tip. Flowers are borne in compact heads at the end of stems. Sepals are silvery white, turning rich brown with age. Petals are small, pink to orange. Fruit is a minute ellipsoid capsule. Flowering: August-September.
Identification credit: Shanker Rao
The flower labeled Oldman's Cap is ...