Goatweed - Hogwort - Doveweed
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) Family
Plant is an upright annual with a taproot; white or velvety appearance especially at end of new growth; sparsely branched at base and above mid-plant. Stems are brown or pale orange and hairy. Preferred habitat is dry soils and well-drained slopes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; lance-like (or heart-shaped near base); margins have no teeth and no lobes, or may have scattered teeth; velvety to touch; downy hairs above and white or golden brown beneath.
Flowers are in the leaf axil; no petals; bracts appearing woolly due to dense hairs; male flowers are at top of plant and female below. Flowers occur in the summer.
Fruit is a hard-coated capsule.
It is reported that the plant is toxic to livestock. Some songbirds feed on the seeds during the summer.