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Euphorbia stricta (upright spurge)

The upright spurge is an annual herb, widespread throughout Europe but uncommon in the UK where it is found mainly in a small area around Gloucester.
Euphorbia stricta illustration

Euphorbia stricta illustration (Image: John Sibthorp, Flora graeca, London, 1806-40)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Euphorbia stricta

Common name: 

upright spurge

Conservation status: 

Least concern.

Habitat: 

Roadsides, beside streams and ditches, in moist grassy areas, amongst rocks in limestone and sandstone areas. From sea level to 1200 m.

Key Uses: 

Ornamental.

Known hazards: 

Latex may severely irritate the skin causing acute dermatitis, and is poisonous if consumed. Contact with the eyes should be avoided. Seeds may have drastic purgative action.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Rosanae
Order: 
Malpighiales
Family: 
Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia

About this species

Euphorbia stricta is an annual herb with a milky latex, widespread throughout Europe but uncommon in the UK except in a small area around Gloucester. Because of this it is sometimes known as Tintern spurge. It may also be found listed under the name Euphorbia serrulata. The plant is cultivated only occasionally, but spreads rapidly.

Synonym: 

Euphorbia serrulata

Genus: 
Euphorbia

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