Kickxia spuria is a species of flowering plant in the family Plantaginaceae known by several common names, including roundleaf cancerwort and round-leaved fluellen It is native to Europe and Asia, but it is present on other continents as an introduced species, and sometimes a noxious weed.
This is a low hairy herb with a creeping stem with many branches. It produces rounded, fuzzy leaves at wide intervals along the stem, and solitary snapdragon-like flowers. Each flower is up to 1.5 centimeters long with a narrow, pointed spur extending from the back. The lobes of the mouth are yellow, white, and deep purple, and the whole flower is fuzzy to hairy. The fruit is a spherical capsule about 4 millimeters long. This species is similar to its relative, Kickxia elatine, but for the shape of its leaves, and the hairy flower stalk, which is bare with Kickxia elatine.Leaf type:the leaves are simple (i.e., lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets).Leaf arrangement:alternate: there is one leaf per node along the stem.Leaf blade edges:
the edge of the leaf blade is entire (has no teeth or lobes).
Flower symmetry:there is only one way to evenly divide the flower (the flower is bilaterally symmetrical).Number of sepals, petals or tepals:
there are five petals, sepals, or tepals in the flower
Fusion of sepals and petals:
the petals or the sepals are fused into a cup or tube
Stamen number:4.Fruit type (general):the fruit is dry and splits open when ripe .Fruit length:3–5 mm
This plant is useful.
How to get rid of:
The main way to get rid of weeds is mechanical. It is not so much about weeding after planting as about removing old roots.