Photographer: Merel R. Black
Euphorbia cyparissias L.
cypress spurge, graveyard spurge
Euphorbia: for Euphorbus, corpulent Greek physician of Juba II, King of Mauretania. Juba, educated in Rome, and married to daughter of Antony and Cleopatra. From eu, "good" and phorbe, "pasture or fodder," thus giving euphorbos the meaning "well fed."
cyparissias: like Cypress the Latin name for spurge from Greek kuparisso
Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, .8"-14" tall forb; rhizomes forming colonies|
|Flower: ||greenish to yellow, no petals or sepals, upper leaves petal-like; inflorescence an umbel with 10 or more branches; blooms May-Aug.|
|Leaf:||stem leaves numerous, very fine, thread-like; leaves below the umbel with heart-shaped bases|
|Habitat: ||dry; disturbed areas, roadsides|