SOLVED: What is this weed growing in my lawn?

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

I have been hand pulling these weeds all summer, but with the large amount of rain we have recently received they have taken over a few large areas of the lawn faster than I can pull them. Any one know what it is? It looks like round seeds on the back sides of the leaf stems.

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Syracuse, UT(Zone 7b)

It's chamberbitter, Phyllanthus urinaria, as you can see, it can go to seed after just a few days of growth! I had them just 3 inches tall and had almost a dozen seeds on it!

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Jacksonville, FL(Zone 9a)

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one fighting these little devils! They are a nightmare! If either of you find a solution to this I'd love to hear it. LOL! In the meantime I guess I'll be pulling like crazy!

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

join the club!

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Unfortunately, when you pull these guys out, a seed or two always manages to fall off. It is a bit time consuming, but I have discovered if you cut the stem and dispose of the plant, then you can safely remove the roots. It is common practice to "shake" the soil from the roots when weeding and with this plant, it almost guarantees you will dump seeds back into the bed. The caveat is, that you have to remove the roots or the little beggars will resprout.

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

VineWorld, up in Montgomery Al. thank you so very much for that information. I have been wondering what this thing was for years. Now that I know what it is, it looks like Weed B Gon may be my best shot at controlling it.
Thanks again,
Just found this link: It may help!

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Syracuse, UT(Zone 7b)

Your welcome, and best of luck!

Barling, AR(Zone 7b)

On a prevous thread I mentioned using a herbicide and I was crucified for using poisons and not being all natural. At my age (70) I will be all natural soon enough especially in this heat. Anyway most herbicides are of low toxucity to humans and animals,as a matter of fact , less toxic than ordinary table salt. Glyphosate is an excellent weed killer but it is not selective except for resistant strains. 2-4-D is good for broadleaf plants but may take several applications.
I prefer physical weed removal too but sometimes drastic measures are required.

mid central, FL(Zone 9a)

shorthog, we do what we gotta do. i try to stay organic and natural but sometimes, as you say, drastic measures are required. i, too, like the physical removal. there is something very satisfying about having that plant with dangling roots in your hot little hands.

LOVE your sense of humor!

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