Wild Florida Photo - Euphorbia cyathophora - Painted leaf
Fire on the mountain
A common plant of dunes, hammocks and disturbed sites in most of Florida. The range includes scattered locations in much of the United States except New England and the northwest states, but including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
This is a glabrous
annual growing to about a meter (just over 3 feet) tall. The stems have milky sap, with the lower branches opposite and the upper branches alternate. Leaves are opposite and may be linear or lobed resembling a fiddle shape. Upper bracts have red blotches at the base, prompting one of the common names, painted leaf. Flowers are small and greenish, petals are absent, there is one stamen and the capsules are three-lobed.
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Euphorbia cyathophora is a member of the Euphorbiaceae - Spurge family.
Other species of the Euphorbia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
Euphorbia milii - CROWN-OF-THORNS
Euphorbia bombensis - DIXIE SANDMAT
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (Institute for Systemic Botany) profile for this species
Wildflowers of the Southeastern United States profile for this species
USDA Plant Profile for this species
Date record last modified: Aug 31, 2019