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Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge - Euphorbia mercurialina


Family: Euphorbiaceae - Spurge family Genus Common Name: Spurge Native Status: Native
Euphorbia mercurialina - Cumberland Spurge, Mercury Spurge. The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA 03/21/2009

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Euphorbia mercurialina

Distribution of Euphorbia mercurialina in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 26 Apr 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
The "flowers" are not showy. What appears to be an individual flower of plants in the genus Euphorbia is technically a "cyathium" - a compound structure that contains a female flower and several male flowers.
Euphorbia mercurialina

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2012-March-11Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
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Euphorbia mercurialina

Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2013-March-29Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
While individual flowers don't usually stand out, the paler, almost yellow-green foliage of a colony of Euphorbia mercurialana can stand out comparing with the darker greens surrounding it in the forest.
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Euphorbia mercurialina

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