Strapwort Spurge
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Strapwort Spurge
P Native Photo: S. Kasim
Common name: Strapwort Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia corrigioloides    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Euphorbia disticha, Chamaesyce corrigioloides

Strapwort Spurge is a spreading herb with reddish branchlets, up to 1 foot long. It is so named because of its resemblance to Strapwort (Corrigiola). Flowers are characterized by 4 white, kidney-shaped limbs of "glands". Cyathia are rose, 7-10 in clusters at branch ends, or solitary in the upper leaf axils. Involucre is bell-shaped, 1.5 x 1.5 mm, hairless. Florets are 8-10, with bracteoles. Leaves are oppositely arranged, oblong, 1-1.5 cm long, 3-5 mm wide. Capsules are 3 mm across, hairless, seeds 4-angled, smooth. Strapwort Spurge is found in peninsular India. Flowering: December-March.

Identification credit: S. Kasim Photographed in Puzhal, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

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