Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2862

Forb
Annual/Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia? the original range obscure

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon north of FL

Look for it in disturbed habitats, dunes, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Dry

DOES THE PLANT HAVE "MILKY SAP"?
Has milky sap (latex)

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
Bracteal leaves red or green at base
Unisexual
Cyathium with 1 two-lipped gland, without petaloid appendages

FRUIT:
Summer
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 cyathophora   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euphorbia cyathophora   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 107-11-002?:
Euphorbia heterophylla var. heterophylla   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Poinsettia cyathophora

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Poinsettia heterophylla

 

COMMON NAME:
Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain


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image of Euphorbia cyathophora, Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain

Caleb Forrest    caf_6769

August    Greenville County    SC

Flowers have no petals or sepals. Upper lvs reddish (or white) at the base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia cyathophora, Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain

Caleb Forrest    caf_6770

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyathophora, Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain

Caleb Forrest    caf_6771

August    Greenville County    SC

Leaves variable: Entire, serrate or lobed; Linear, broadly oblong to ovate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia cyathophora, Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain

Caleb Forrest    caf_6773

August    Greenville County    SC

image of Euphorbia cyathophora, Wild Poinsettia, Painted Leaf, Fire-on-the-mountain

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_e_cyathophora_4

September