Sikkim Spurge
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Sikkim Spurge
ative Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Sikkim Spurge, Chinese spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia sikkimensis    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)

Sikkim Spurge is a stout perennial herb, with a woody rootstock, growing up to 1.2 m tall. Leaves are linear-oblong, pointed tipped, with base narrowing to a short leaf stalk. Floral leaves are whorled. There are 3-4 yellow leaves just below the flowers, which are ovate-oblong, with blunt tips. Male flowers are many, slightly exserted from involucre. Female flower: ovary pedicellate and extended out of cup, smooth, hairless; styles free, caducous; style arms 2-lobed. Capsule is spherical, about 5 × 5 mm, smooth, hairless. Flowering: April-July.

Identification credit: Nongthombam Ullysess
Photographed in Yumthang Valley, Sikkim.
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