Froelichia gracilis (Hook.) Moq.
Family: Amaranthaceae
cotton-weed, slender cotton-weed, slender snake-cotton, small cotton-weed
Froelichia gracilis image
Merel R. Black  
Etymology: Froelichia: for Joseph Froelich, a German botanist
Plants: erect to drooping, annual, 8"-30" tall forb; stems usually branched near the ground
Leaves: opposite, mostly from below the center of the stem and usually less than 2 1/2" wide
Flowers: white, tiny, 5-parted; inflorescence a 2" woolly spike with flowers in 3-rowed spirals; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: dry
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive