Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1935

Forb
Perennial
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadbanks, in graveyards, waste places, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Glands yellowish
Unisexual
Cyathium with 4 glands

FRUIT:
Spring
Reddish-brown
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Euphorbia cyparissias   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euphorbia cyparissias   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-11-006:
Euphorbia cyparissias   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Galarhoeus cyparissias

SYNONYMOUS WITH Tithymalus cyparissias

 

COMMON NAME:
Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ticy_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090318_015

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090318_022

March    Greenville County    SC

Found in dense masses in waste areas, especially in old cemeteries, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Euphorbia cyparissias

JK Marlow    jkm090318_035

March    Greenville County    SC

Bracteal leaves usually yellow-green. Glands of cyathia crescent-shaped, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090318_037

March    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0504n_20

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

image of Euphorbia cyparissias

JK Marlow    jkm0504n_20b

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

Bracteal leaves triangular-ovate; principal stem leaves linear, 1-2mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Euphorbia cyparissias

JK Marlow    s050421_b

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

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JK Marlow    s050421_b1

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery