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*Mercurialis annua Linnaeus. Annual Mercury, Boys-and-Girls, Herb Mercury. Phen: Jan-Dec. Hab: Disturbed areas, waif on ballast. Dist: Native of Mediterranean Europe. This species has been reported as a rare ‘ballast weed’ from Charleston, SC and Mobile, AL (Wiggins 1932); some of the occurrences presumably represent non-persistent waifs.

Origin/Endemic status: Mediterranean Europe and Africa

Synonymy: = Bah, C, F, FNA12, G, K1, K3, K4, NE, NY, S, S13, Tat, Govaerts, Frodin, & Radcliffe-Smith (2000); = n/a – Pa, RAB

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