Euphorbia peplus L.
petty spurge
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants


© Jamie Fenneman     (Photo ID #9169)


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Distribution of Euphorbia peplus
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Species Information

Annual herb from a fibrous root; stems erect, freely branched, glabrous, 10-30 cm tall.
Lower stem leaves alternate, egg-shaped, blade 1-3 cm long, stalks 3-10 mm long; upper floral leaves opposite, short-stalked, broadly egg-shaped, 1-2.5 cm long.
Inflorescence of several-rayed umbrella-shaped clusters; involucres 1-1.5 mm long; glands 4, with long, slender horns.
Capsules, glabrous, 2.5 mm long; seeds 1-1.5 mm long, grey, oblong, pitted.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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Habitat and Range

Disturbed sites and waste places in the lowland and steppe zones; locally frequent on SE Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, rare in the lower Fraser Valley and SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

SourceThe Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Galarhoeus peplus (L.) Rydb.
Tithymalus peplus (L.) Hill