Botanical name: Euphorbia laeta Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Euphorbia rothiana
Common Hill Spurge is a perennial branching shrub growing to 1 m tall. The leafy stem is smooth, often tinged with red. Slender branches emerge in an umbrella like whorl at the top of the stem. The whole plant contains milky juice. Alternately arranged, linear-oblong, lancelike, stalkless leaves are 5-10 cm long. Flowers 2.5 X 3 cm across, with male florets surrounding the female floret. Flowers have small opposite leaves, just below them. Occurs in the Western Ghats up to an altitude of 1,200 m. Flowering: August-November.
Identification credit: Dinesh Valke
The flower labeled Common Hill Spurge is ...