Euphorbia geniculata

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Photographs by: Dr. Maulik Gadani

  • Botanical Name : Euphorbia geniculata Ortega
  • Euphorbia heterophylla L. is now considered as the synonym of E. geniculata where in the bracts are almost green in colour.

  • Common Name : Wild Poinsettia, Lesser Green Poinsettia
  • Plant Family : Euphorbiaceae
  • Plant Form : Herb

About Euphorbia geniculata Plant :

  • Habit : A small, annual herb with stems simple or branched, geniculate, striate, glabrous, bluish-green, lower portion leafless.
  • Leaves : Broadly elliptic, oblong or obovate-elliptic, acute at apex, decurrent at base, glabrous or nearly so, entire or distantly and sharply serrate, petioles slightly flattened, glabrous.
  • Inflorescence : Pinkish, in the axils of floral leaves arranged towards the ends, pedicels very short.
  • Fruits :
    • Capsules sub-globse, trilobed, glabrous, green.
    • Seeds more angular and on outer face carinate, black when mature with a membranous coating.
  • Flowering and Fruiting Time : May-June
  • Significance : Found wildly growing in wastelands, gardens, and along the roadsides.