Photographer: Marcie O'Connor
Euphorbia hexagona Nutt.
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."
hexagona: Greek hexagon for "six-angled figure"
|Status: ||Introduced - adventive|
|Plant: ||erect, annual, 4"-20" tall forb; stems numerous, opposite, very slender but with a main stem|
|Flower: ||yellow to green, 5-parted, no petals or sepals, surrounded by petal-like parts|
|Fruit:||gray, 3-lobed, capsule|
|Leaf:||mostly opposite, sharp pointed, under 0.2" wide|
|Habitat: ||prairies, plains, barrens|