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Broad-leaved Spurge

Euphorbia platyphyllos

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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
Life Cycle:
Annual
Maximum Size:
80 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
The flowers are in umbels. The flowers consist of 5 yellowish-green, rounded glands. Below the flower is a pair of leafy yellowish-green bracts. The bracts are in opposite pairs and are rounded to triangular in shape, each ending in a point.
Fruit:
A warty, stalked fruit capsule. 3-parted.
Leaves:
An erect downy annual flower with oval leaves. Finely toothed away from the base of the leaf. The leaves half clasp the stem. The stems are frequently tinged red. Prefers damp places.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
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Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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