Common Name: facelis (annual trampweed)
Species: Facelis retusa (Lam.) Schultz-Bip.
Bayer Code: FACRE

Facelis (annual trampweed) is a low-growing, winter annual broadleaf weed that is commonly found in warm-season lawns, pastures, sandy fields and waste areas. This plant is a native of South America but has become established in the United States as far west as Texas and Oklahoma and northeast into Tennessee and North Carolina. Facelis has freely branched stems at the base that recline along the ground. The stems are covered with tufts of long, soft hairs. Facelis leaves are alternate, generally lack petioles and have a narrow shape. The lower leaf surface is covered with white tufts of long hairs, and the upper surface is dull green. The leaf apex is indented to rounded, usually with a tiny sharp point. Facelis produces small white flowers and reproduces by seed in the spring. Volumes of feathery seed, similar in appearance to dandelion seed, can cover a lawn 2 - 3 inches deep.
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CharacteristicTypeDescription
Growth Season winter annual weed 
Growth Habit prostrate, spreading 
Leaflet Number one 
Leaf Margin  leaf apex is indented to rounded, usually with a tiny sharp point
Leaf Hairs upper/lower surfacewhite tufts of long hairs on lower surface
Leaf/Leaflet Shape linear/oblongleaves generally lack petioles and have a narrow shape
Leaf Width <1/2 inch 
Leaf Venation   
Leaf Arrangement alternate 
Root Type   
Flower Color white