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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image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

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

        

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm090318_015

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

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, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm090318_035

March    Greenville County    SC

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

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm090318_037

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm0504n_20

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

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, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    s050421_b

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    s050421_b1

April    Greenville County    SC

Churchyard or cemetery

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm190519_8502

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm190519_8502b

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyparissias, Cypress Spurge, Graveyard Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm190519_8502c

May    Greenville County    SC