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weeds with black seed pods

I have photos but not sure how to upload it to this forum? It has long arching stalks that are tangled between all the other plants and small (elongated oval) leaves.

Maybe vetch? Black pods with springy seeds and brittle weasley little roots.

The roots are scrawny little wandering things with nodules on them. Every last miserable little bit of them will grow.

Thank you for any advice in advance.

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Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Poaceae (Grass family)


Extremely variable annual, 1 to 6 feet tall, stems erect, much branched and often striped with pink or purple; leaves alternate, the lower often wavy margined to somewhat lobed, the upper narrower and often entire, undersurface white to grayish-mealy. Flowers are small, inconspicuous, greenish-gray, mealy, crowded in axils and at tips and branches of stem calyx strongly keeled, seeds numerous, dark gray to black with a honey combed surface. Netseed lambsquarters is common in cultivated fields, gardens, and waste areas. It is a very competitive weed because of its rapid growth and high water use. Lambsquaters also serves as a host for the beet leafhopper which transmits curly top virus to sugarbeets.  Netseed lambsquaters is often eaten in salad or as greens when the plant is young and tender. Flowering and seed production may occur from July to September.

Amaranthaceae (Pigweed family)

The common sunflower is an annual, 1 to 10 feet tall. Stems are erect, simple to much branched and rough. Leaves alternate and are simple rough, hairy, ovate or heart-shaped, with toothed edges. The flowers are showy, with yellow to orange-yellow ray flowers and brown or dark reddish-brown disk flowers. Achenes, gray to brown, are 1/4 inch long, wedge-shaped, some what flattened to 4-angled, smooth except for a few short hairs at the tip. Native to North America, sunflowers have been cultivated since pre columbian times for its edible seeds. They are common weeds of roadsides, fence rows, fields, pastures, and waste areas. Flowering is from July to September.