Euphorbia helioscopia L.

Sun Spurge

Annual herb about 50 cm tall but generally less than 20 cm. Leaves obovate to spoonshaped, 1-4 cm long with a blunt tip; margins finely toothed. Floral head an umbel of 3-5 rays, 3-forked then 2-forked. Cyathia about 2 mm long, stalked and with fringed lobes.

Rarely cultivated but a common weed near buildings in most states.


Source: Forster, P. (2002). Euphorbiaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Euphorbiaceae
genus        Euphorbia L.