Etymology: Chamaesyce: ancient Greek Chamai meaning "on the ground" for a kind of prostrate plant
Plants: sprawling, annual, hairless, widely-branched or mat-forming forb with milky juice
Leaves: opposite, linear-oblong with no teeth
Flowers: 4-parted, no petals or sepals but surrounded by petal-like parts; blooms July-Oct.
Fruits: 3-lobed capsule with 3 plump, gray, smooth seeds
Habitat: dunes, beaches; in sandy soil along Lake Michigan
Conservation Status: Special Concern