Poinsettia cyathophora (Murray) Bartling

Euphorbia heterophylla plant

Family - Euphorbiaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Euphorbia heterophylla stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Euphorbia heterophylla leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Euphorbia heterophylla inflorescence

Flowers - No info. yet.

Euphorbia heterophylla flowersFlowers close-up.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Alluvial soil, open rocky woods, gravel bars, glades, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This striking species can be found throughout much of Missouri but is apparently absent from much of the north-central portion of the state. The plant frequently gets yellow to red splotches at the base of the upper leaf blades:

Euphorbia heterophylla inflorescence

Steyermark listed this plant as E. heterophylla L., but that species is tropical and does not occur in our area.

Photographs taken off Hwy 60, Polk County, Fl., 2-13-03, and in Ellington, MO., 7-7-03.


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