Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2917

Forb
Perennial
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common in GA Mountains & adjacent provinces, rare elsewhere (endemic)

Look for it in rich moist forests over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple

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

FRUIT:
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euphorbia mercurialina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge


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image of Euphorbia mercurialina

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_e_mercurialina

March        

image of Euphorbia mercurialina

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

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

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

JK Marlow    jkm090404_201

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain