Frilly-Flower Spurge
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Frilly-Flower Spurge
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Frilly-Flower Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia laciniata    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Euphorbia fimbriata var. laxa, Chamaesyce fimbriata, Chamaesyce laciniata

Frilly-Flower Spurge is a prostrate herb with thick rootstock, and stem sparingly hairy. Leaves are oppositely arranged, ovate, elliptic-oblong, obliquely heart-shaped at base, margins sawtoothed, hairy, up to 1.5 x 0.6 cm. Floral leaves are not overlapping. Involucre is densely woolly. Cyathia is usually borne singly in leaf axils. Limb of gland is narrowly cut to give it a frilly appearance, hairless, white or pink. Seeds are tetragonal with horizontal furrows. Frilly-Flower Spurge is found in in dry places in Central and Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: September-April.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Vellore, Tamil Nadu.

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