Euphorbia myrsinites

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Taxonomy
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Euphorbiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. myrsinites
Scientific Name
Euphorbia myrsinites
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Common Names

myrtle spurge, blue spurge

Overview

Appearance
Euphorbia myrsinites is a perennial or biennial herb that usually grows between 6-12 in. (15.2-30.5 cm) tall.
Foliage
Leaves are alternate in tight spirals, grey-blue, thick, waxy, oval to wedge-shaped, pointed at the tip, and 0.63-1.25 in. (1.6-3.2 cm) long and 0.25-1 in. (0.64-2.5 cm) wide.
Flowers
Flowers are yellow green, cupped inside a yellow bract, and grow in clusters. Flowers bloom from mid spring to early summer.
Fruit
Each flower produces a bluish-green seed pod that contains 3, 0.13 in. (0.32 cm) long seeds. Seeds are dusty brown with a texture resembling that of a peach pit.
Ecological Threat
Euphorbia myrsinites can be found in disturbed areas and waste places. It is native to southern Europe and central Asia. Be aware, this plant can cause skin and eye irritation and is toxic if consumed.

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