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[S] Mexican fireplant

Euphorbia heterophylla


It is a hardy, ruderal species, growing between 30 and 70 cm in height. The leaves at the upper end of the stalk, close to the cyathium, have a striking, scarlet red coloration. Leaves are mainly 2-4 lobed and 4–7 cm long by 1.5–3 cm wide. Their contrast with the lower dark green leaves gives this euphorbia most of its common names. The stalk exudes a toxic milky white latex. The cyathia or false flowers, are located in clusters at the head of the stalk and are yellowish green. They have no petals, the red color being part of the young leaves' coloration. The fruits are small, segmented capsules. This plant often loses its coloration when it grows wild as a weed. It is resistant to herbicide. Source: Wikipedia


Order: Malpighiales Family: Euphorbiaceae

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Mexican fireplant
Euphorbia heterophylla Euphorbia heterophylla

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1 Comment

Tabris Tabarsi
Tabris Tabarsi 6 years ago

Thanks Nuwan. I really have no idea where to start to ID this.

Tabris Tabarsi
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Tabris Tabarsi

Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 24, 2014
Submitted on Mar 1, 2014

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