Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2282

Forb
Annual
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Common

Look for it in gardens, fields, disturbed places, crevices in pavement or sidewalks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Petaloid appendages of glands small, whitish or pinkish
Unisexual
Cyathium

FRUIT:
Winter/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):
Euphorbia maculata   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Chamaesyce maculata   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-11-014:
Euphorbia supina   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Euphorbia maculata

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Chamaesyce maculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Spotted Spurge, Milk-purslane, Wartweed, Spotted Sandmat


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image of Euphorbia maculata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_chma15_001_lvd

        

image of Euphorbia maculata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_chma15_002_lvd

        

image of Euphorbia maculata

Roxanna Martin    rlm72010_43

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Prostrate annual weed often forming flat circular mats, 12-24" across, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia maculata

Roxanna Martin    rlm72010_51

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves have inconspicuous teeth on margins. Stems hairy, often dark red, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Euphorbia maculata

Roxanna Martin    rlm73110_172

July    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Euphorbia maculata

Roxanna Martin    rlm73110_174

July    Spartanburg County    SC

1-2 cyathia in each leaf axil. Petaloid appendages of glands white or pink, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Euphorbia maculata

JK Marlow    jkm090814_001

August    Greenville County    SC

Often found in crevices in pavement or sidewalks, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Euphorbia maculata

JK Marlow    jkm120825_007

August    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Leaves 3-12mm long, about 3x long as wide, usually with a central purple stain, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.