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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Euphorbia mercurialina

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tithymalopsis mercurialina

 

COMMON NAME:
Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge


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image of Euphorbia mercurialina, Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_e_mercurialina

March        

image of Euphorbia mercurialina, Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge

Ed Pivorun    ebp090404_4972

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Leaves of branches whorled or opposite, with fine hairs on margins, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia mercurialina, Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge

Ed Pivorun    ebp090404_4972b

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Several staminate flowers with yellow anthers & solitary pistillate flower, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia mercurialina, Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm090404_114

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

"Flowers" have a ring of 5 white-margined green "petals" (appendages), per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia mercurialina, Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge

JK Marlow    jkm090404_201

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Euphorbia mercurialina

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Tithymalopsis mercurialina

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2917

Forb
Perennial
Monoecious

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common in GA Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: Rich moist to dry forests over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Petaloid appendages of glands green with white margins
Unisexual
Cyathium with 5 glands

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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