Bristly Spurge
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Bristly Spurge
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Bristly Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia hispida    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Euphorbia emodi, Chamaesyce emodi, Chamaesyce hispida

Bristly Spurge is an annual herb, up to 15 cm. Stems are prostrate, softly bristly. Leaves are oppositely arranged, stipules divided into 2 or 3 linear lobes. Leaf-stalks are almost absent. Leaves are elliptic, both surfaces softly hairy, base obliquely rounded, margin sharply toothed, tip blunt. Flowers (cyathia) are single or on short leafy shoots. Involucre is turbinate, hairless; glands 4, purplish, transversely ovate, appendages (apparent petals) are white or pink, obtusely 2- or 3-lobed, as wide as gland. Style arms are shortly 2-lobed. Capsule lobes are sharply keeled, sparsely pilose. Bristly Spurge is found in the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to NW India, at altitudes of 700-2700 m. Flowering: June-November.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Botanical Garden, Kashmir University, Kashmir.
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