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Cypress Spurge

Euphorbia cyparissias

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. cyparissias
Binomial name
Euphorbia cyparissias

Cypress Spurge is a plant in the genus Euphorbia, which is native to Europe and was introduced in North America.

It reproduces by seeds and also by the very well developed underground roots. It usually has a height of 10-80 cm. It can be easily identified by its leaves, which are small and linear (they have a length of 2-4 cm and a width of 1-2 mm) and emit a milky sap when broken. Its petal-like bracts are usually green-yellow. The milky juice of the plant is toxic and it develops irritations on contact with the skin. This plant is considered a noxious weed in many places, including the state of Colorado.


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