Doveweed, Turkey-mullein (syn. Croton setiger)
Low, broad, gray, heavy-scented annual with stellate pubescence
and longer stinging hairs. Monoecious. Seeds often eaten by
doves and quail.
Common in dry open places, coastal sage scrub, grassland,
foothill and oak woodlands below 2500 feet; from California to
Free seed or one-seeded capsule.
3 to 4 mm., smooth or ridged, scar not appendaged, gray or
Pure seed definition:
PSU #30 – Intact fruit segment, whether or not a seed is
present. Piece of broken fruit segment larger than one-half of
the original size, unless no seed is present. Seed, with or
without seed coat. Piece of broken seed, with or without seed
coat, larger than one-half the original size.
Samples of this species usually contain mostly free seeds.
However, some seeds may be tightly enclosed within one-seeded
capsules, which are considered seed units.
seed units per gram:
175 seeds per gram (based on AOSA pure seed units only from 33
samples received for testing from 1992 to 2004).
percent pure seed:
93 to 99%
1 to 5%
Dirt, live insects, broken seed, plant material.
400 seeds, T, 21 days @ 20°C; for fresh and dormant seed,
to main reference page)
J.C., Ed. 1993. p. 573.
Munz, P.A. and D.D. Keck. 1968. p. 162.
Ransom Seed Laboratory