Iva axillaris (Poverty-weed) - photos and description

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

Iva axillaris

General: Decumbent to erect plants, rarely branching, forming large colonies spreading by rhizomes. Stems with very short hairs.

Flowers: Nodding flowers appear singly in axils. Flowers are yellowish-green in colour, we measured a flower at 4 mm long.

Leaves: Leaves are narrowly lanceolate, stalkless, opposite towards the bottom and alternate towards the top. Leaf highlighted in photo above was 26 mm long and 7 mm wide. Leaves greyish-green in colour, rough-hairy with very short hairs.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 50 cm tall, we measured plants to 26 cm tall.

Habitat: Saline clay flats, roadsides.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken July 14th and July 16th, prairie on edge of saline wetland, out 40 km east of our home in Regina, SK.