i need help identitying this plant

Asked January 21, 2016, 4:55 PM EST

i need help identitying this plant its odd shaped leafs i have never seen before. im not sure if this is a plant or a weed i should remove it grew in the same pot as my Corona de Cristo flowers. i am in Mexico at the moment.

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That looks like Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis). The angel-wing joined leaves that look odd to you are the first leaves. After that they are heart-shaped. It's related to the Morning Glory, but it's a nasty weed that you don't want. It's a vine and will grow over all vegetation and eventually crowd it out. it's considered a serious crop problem in Mexico. It's difficult to eradicate because it roots very easily where the stems touch the ground, so pulling out in one place doesn't mean it's gone, and the roots that remain in the soil will send up new plants. Lucky for you, it's still in the pot. Dig dig down carefully and remove it with its roots intact. Tie it up in a plastic bag and dispose of it.