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[Euphorbia commutata var. erecta Engelm., more]
Etymology: Euphorbia: for Euphorbus, corpulent Greek physician of Juba II, King of Mauretania. Juba, educated in Rome, and married to daughter of Antony and Cleopatra. From eu, "good" and phorbe, "pasture or fodder," thus giving euphorbos the meaning "well fed."
Plants: erect to drooping, annual/perennial, 4"-12" tall, hairless forb often branched from the base; stems drooping and often producing new shoots the following year
Leaves: upper leaves petal-like; many, usually stalkless, alternate, oval to oblong stem leaves
Flowers: greenish, young ones reddish; no petals or sepals, upper leaves petal-like; inflorescence a whorled umbel; blooms April-June
Fruits: 3-lobed, smooth capsule with light gray, pitted seeds
Habitat: shade; moist; woods, hillsides
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 7, Wetland Indicator = UPL WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.