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Euphorbia (Spurge) - Wild Flower

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  • Common Name: Euphorbia (Spurge) - Wild Flower
  • Latin Name: Euphorbia spp.
  • Family Name: Euphorbiaceae

Euphorbias contain a TOXIN that is known to be carcinogenic. The milky sap can cause inflammation of the skin and mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.  The chemical resinferatoxin has an irritating effect which is stronger than capsaicin, the substance that makes chillies hot.  So never feed to tortoises and wear protective clothing when handling this plant.

Examples of some common weed Euphorbias are:

Sun Spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia)
Petty Spurge (Euphorbia peplus)
Leafy Spurge (Euphorbia esula)
Dwarf Spurge (Euphorbia exigua)

Usually spurge has a yellowish-green flower but it can be found in other colours.

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