Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2049

Forb
Perennial
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Look for it in sandhills, dry sandy woodlands, other dry sandy soils, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Unisexual
5-lobed salverform calyx
Petals absent
10-30 stamens united at base

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cnidoscolus stimulosus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cnidoscolus urens var. stimulosus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-01-001:
Cnidoscolus stimulosus   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Cnidoscolus stimulosus

 

COMMON NAME:
Spurge-nettle, Tread-softly, Bull-nettle, Finger-rot


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cnst_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm060423_020

April    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Leaves deeply 3 to 5-lobed and lobes toothed (maple leaf like), per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm180504_1691

May    Meriwether-Talbot Counties    GA

Sprewell Bluff WMA

Beset with stinging trichomes, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm080713_039

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

Central flower [of each cyme] usually pistillate, lateral usually staminate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm080713_075

July    Aiken County    SC

Aiken Gopher Tortoise Heritage Preserve

Upright spherical to cylindrical pods covered by stinging hairs, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Cnidoscolus stimulosus

JK Marlow    jkm090717_094

July    Georgetown County    SC

Hobcaw Barony

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Jerry Bright    jeb_mg_6501

September    Orangeburg County    SC

Pollinator at work: Greater Bee Fly, Bombylius major