Botanical name: Euphorbia peplus Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Radium Weed is an annual plant growing to between 5-30 cm tall. They are commonly found small in size, growing as weeds of cultivation. Stems are smooth, hairless. Leaves are oval-pointed, 1-3 cm long, with a smooth margin. It has green flowers in three-rayed umbels. The glands, typical of the spurge family, are kidney-shaped with long thin horns. In India it is found in Jammu and Kashmir and Meghalaya.
Medicinal uses: The milky latex sap is toxic, and used as a therapeutic agent for the removal of warts and sunspots on the skin. Recent work also suggests that it may also be effective in treating superficial basal cell carcinomas.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Radium Weed is ...