Euphorbia mercurialina / Spurge Family
Height: 8" - 16"
April 10, 2005
This relative of the Christmas Poinsettia is easy to overlook due to the small size of the "flowers". Since it has a "superior ovary", the Cumberland Spurge should have been designated the official flower of the Women's Movement! The female flower in the center of the inflorescence, called the "cyathium", is surrounded by many small male flowers. Like many other euphorbias, the seed capsule (superior ovary) forms above the flowers (see next picture).
Where seen: Frozen Head SP, Piney River, Haw Ridge