Herbs, annual, caulescent, taprooted; sap not milky. Leaves alternate; stipules caducous, free. Leaf blade broadly ovate, margins toothed; venation nearly palmate. Inflorescences axillary, capitate cymes, short-pedunculate, bracteate. Flowers: staminate and pist illate on same plants. Staminate flowers: calyx 4-lobed; stamens 4, inflexed. Pistillate flowers: calyx green, 4-lobed, pubescent; ovary superior, oblique, 1-locular; style unbranched, nearly lateral. Syncarps globose; each achene surrounded by its enlarged, persistent calyx.
Species 2: North America, tropical e Asia, Africa (Madagascar), Australia.
The Genus Fatoua is further organized into finer groupings including:
- Species: ZipcodeZoo has pages for 10 species, subspecies, varieties, forms, and cultivars in the Genus Fatoua: F. aspera · F. cordata · F. globulifera · F. japonica · F. lanceolata · F. madagascariensis · F. pilosa · F. scabra · F. subcordata · F. villosa (Hairy Crabweed)
- Thieret, J. W. 1964. Fatoua villosa (Moraceae) in Louisiana: New to North America. Sida 1: 248.
- Vincent, M. A. 1993. Fatoua villosa (Moraceae), mulberry weed, in Ohio. Ohio J. Sci. 93: 147-149.
- "Fatoua". in Flora of North America Vol. 3. Oxford University Press. Online at EFloras.org.
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