Common name: Painted Spurge
Euphorbia cyathophora Murray APNI*
Synonyms: Euphorbia heterophylla APNI*
Description: Annual to 70 cm high with main stems erect, often with branched lateral branches, ± glabrous.
Leaves opposite at base of plant, alternate up the stem, opposite on fertile branches, uppermost leaves usually reddish towards base; lamina elliptic to obovate or fiddle-shaped, glabrous above, usually with a few appressed hairs below; petiole 4–12 mm long.
Cyathia irregularly clustered at the ends of stems and branches; involucre 2–3 mm long, gland solitary.
Capsule 3–4 mm long, 5–6 mm diam., glabrous; seeds ovoid, c. 3 mm long, dark brown, tuberculate.
Flowering: most of the year.
Distribution and occurrence: On coastal sands. Native of trop. Amer.
NSW subdivisions: *NC, *CC, *LHI
Other Australian states: *Qld *N.T.
Text by T. A. James & G. J. Harden
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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