Friday, September 04, 2015

Sea Spurge

This is another plant from the Welsh littoral: Sea Spurge, Euphorbia paralias. As you can no doubt tell, these are two different plants. It is found above the high tide mark but below the dunes in these cases. Euphorbias have weird flowers with round or crescent-shaped 'glands'. (Unfortunately these aren't clear in the photo.) The inflorescence is an umbel although this isn't as obvious as in the carrot family. They also have acrid latex which is obvious when the stems are cut.

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