UPRIGHT SPURGE

Euphorbia stricta

Spurge Family [Euphorbiaceae]

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status
statusZalien
flower
flower8yellow
inner
inner8green
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ0
stem
stem8round
stem
stem8milkysap stem8milkylatex
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
contact
contactZmedium
rarity
rarityZscarce

9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
A usually branched annual with red-tinged stems up to 80cm tall that stands straight upwards. The longer and narrower lower leaves seem to be absent.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Branched at a characteristic symmetric angle of about 75° leaving plenty of air between.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The fruits are rounded and covered in cylindrical warts.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves broad and pointed oval, with a pair on each side of the stem.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Fruits have cylindrical warts which grow just above the yellow flower (central right).


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Warty fruit just above flower on a stalk.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The flower lacks petals, but has four oval lobes (not crescented).


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The leaves are on short stalks, it seems, but only visible from below. The white filaments on this fruit may be the result of a fungal invasion.


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
Leaves have faint teeth near their extremities. It is possible this one is suffering a fungal attack?


9th Aug 2012, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria. Photo: © RWD
The warts are covered in stubby cylindrical projections, usually called 'warts' on Spurges.


Many similarities to : Broad-leaved Spurge (Euphorbia platyphyllos) but the fruits are rounded and lack the many cylindrical projections of Upright Spurge. Both are about 80cm high, upright, with reddish stems and oval pointed leaves that are barely toothed at the extremities.

A rarish plant, rarer that the fairly rare Broad-leaved Spurge. This one was on the edge of the promenade gardens on the outskirts of the town. It is possible that it was purposely planted, but since there was only one specimen, this seems unlikely. Your Author concludes that it was a casual, since this was not the only 'weed' in the garden. The stems ooze a poisonous milky latex if broken.


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UPRIGHT SPURGE

Euphorbia stricta

Spurge Family [Euphorbiaceae]