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, annual, 8"-24" tall forb
Leaves: long, thin, lance-like
Flowers: upper leaves petal-like, whitening at the base; inflorescence a dense cluster
Habitat: dry; disturbed areas, roadsides
Conservation Status: Introduced - naturalized
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