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Help Identifying a weed

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by Shuler24, Aug 14, 2019.

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  1. Shuler24

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    Looking to see if anybody can identify this weed. They are in Sheldon’s outdoor enclosure, and I’ve been picking them, because he is obsessed with eating them. If I knew what they were maybe I wouldn’t care, but they keep coming back like....well weeds...any thoughts?

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    Looks like spurge

    Euphorbia maculata, variously called spotted spurge or prostrate spurge, the latter name not to be confused with Euphorbia prostrata, is a fast-growing annual plant in the family Euphorbiaceae, native to North America. It is a common garden and lawn weed in the United States.

    Euphorbia maculata
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    Scientific classification[​IMG]
    Kingdom: Plantae
    Clade: Angiosperms
    Clade: Eudicots
    Clade: Rosids
    Order: Malpighiales
    Family: Euphorbiaceae
    Genus: Euphorbia
    Species:
    E. maculata
    Binomial name
    Euphorbia maculata

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    Synonyms
    Chamaesyce maculata (L.) Small

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    Prostrate spurge invading disturbed soil
    It grows in sunny locations and a variety of soils, and functions as a pioneer species in ecological succession. The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.[1][2]

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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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    Wow, that’s scary, glad I asked, we will keep pulling them, they are hard to kill. Hopefully the times I’ve caught Sheldon, it didn’t harm him. Thanks for the Quick response!
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    Wow, my Russian could care less about spurge; interesting Sheldon does.
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    Yeah, we planted the seed mix from the Tortoise Table, and he stomps over those when he sees spurge. I think he knows he will get in trouble, it’s like he hides it, lol. They are smart for sure.
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    Sorry meant the seed mix from TortoiseSupply. Need to give them proper kudos, because I love their products.
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