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Prostrate spurge1 locationPlant
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Dec 1 2014
North Mountain - Phoenix
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Dec 1 2014
North Mountain - Phoenix
DivisionMagnoliophyta - Flowering plant
FamilyEuphorbiaceae - Spurge
Prime BloomPurple
SecondaryPink
BloomsUnknown - Unknown
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Euphorbia maculata

Common Names: Prostrate spurge or Spotted spurge

Description:
An annual plant in the family Euphorbiaceae, native to North America.

It is a variably prostrate to erect plant, with stems growing along the ground up to 45 cm long, but only reaching up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are oval, up to 3 cm long, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are very small, with four white petals. It grows in sunny locations and a variety of soils, and functions as a pioneer species in ecological succession.

The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.

Source: Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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