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Froelichia gracilis   (Hook. ) Moq.
Stafford County, Kansas
Height: 4-28 inches
Family: Amaranthaceae - Pigweed Family
Flowering Period:   July, August, September
Also Called: Slender cottonweed.
Stems: Erect to nearly prostrate, slender, simple or commonly much-branched at base; branches ascending or somewhat trailing on ground, densely or sparsely white-woolly or gray-woolly, 1/25 to 1/8 inch thick.
Leaves: Opposite, sessile or short-stalked, entire, few, mostly below middle of stem, often clustered near base, linear to narrowly lanceolate or oblanceolate, .8 to 4.8 inches long, .1 to .5 inch wide; surfaces silky or woolly; tip pointed.
Inflorescences: Spikes, .3 to 1.2 inches long, .2 to .4 inch in diameter, resembling pine cones, grayish-woolly when fresh; lateral spikes sessile.
Flowers: Inconspicuous, sessile, subtended by membrane-like bract and 2 bractlets; bractlets nearly circular, sometimes pointed, white, yellowish, brownish, or black; calyces 5-lobed, conical, 1/8 to 1/6 inch long, densely woolly; calyx lobes oblong-linear, blunt or pointed, nearly smooth; petals absent; stamens 5; filaments united into tube as long as calyx.
Fruits: Flask-shaped, 1-seeded, densely white-woolly, with 2 lateral rows of spines; seeds tiny, lens-shaped, yellowish- or reddish-brown.
Habitat: Sandy prairies and pastures, stream banks, roadsides, fallow fields, open sandy or rocky disturbed sites.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas
 See field snake-cotton

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