Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


563

Forb
Annual
Monoecious
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Common

Look for it open sands of dunes, upper beach, dune blowouts and overwashes, sometimes growing with perennial grasses such as Uniola paniculata, but preferring open sands with little competition, sometimes mixed with the less common , per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

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

FRUIT:
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 polygonifolia   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Chamaesyce polygonifolia   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 107-11-017:
Euphorbia polygonifolia   FAMILY Euphorbiaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Dune Spurge, Northern Seaside Spurge, Northern Sandmat


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image of Euphorbia polygonifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_chpo6_001_lvd

        

image of Euphorbia polygonifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090716_040

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Euphorbia polygonifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090716_055

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Milky sap

image of Euphorbia polygonifolia

JK Marlow    jkm090716_089

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Smooth, creeping to ascending, with stems radiating from a taproot, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Euphorbia polygonifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0309q_25

September    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park