Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Chamaesyce serpyllifolia (Pers.) Small image
Photographer: Gary Fewless           
Family Euphorbiaceae
Chamaesyce serpyllifolia (Pers.) Small
thyme-leaved spurge
Chamaesyce: ancient Greek Chamai meaning "on the ground" for a kind of prostrate plant
serpyllifolia: with leaves like those of thyme, Serpyllum
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Status: Native
Plant: sprawling, annual, 4"-16" tall forb, hairless, with many branches, very leafy, milky juice
Flower: 4-parted, no petals or sepals but surrounded by petal-like parts; blooms July-Oct.
Fruit:3-angled capsule, the 3 seeds smooth to pitted and 4 angled seed drawing
Leaf:broadly oblong with finely toothed tips
Habitat: dry; in rocky soil

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Chamaesyce list Google- Images or Text
Chamaesyce albicaulis (Rydb.) Rydb.
Chamaesyce neomexicana (Greene) Standl.
Chamaesyce serpyllifolia (Pers.) Small subsp. serpyllifolia
Euphorbia neomexicana Greene
Euphorbia serpyllifolia Pers.

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