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Portland Spurge

Euphorbia portlandica

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
40 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Yellowish-green umbels. Flowers have 3 to 6 rays. The flowerheads have long crested horns. Similar to Sea Spurge (Euphorbia paralias) but flowers earlier and is less common. The flowers of Sea Spurge are also larger, fewer and they appear in a flat-topped umbel, whereas those of Portland Spurge are more spread out.
Fruit:
The fruit is a yellowish-green capsule.
Leaves:
Fleshy, greyish-green, tough leaves with minutely pointed tips (unlike Sea Spurge). The stems are often red. Sea Spurge is a similar looking species (also often having red stems) but that has thicker stems, is taller and is mostly unbranched.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
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