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Common name

English: Purple Spurge

German: Sumpfquendel-Wolfsmilch


Kingdom: Plantae (2653)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2566)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2162)

      Order: Malpighiales (99)

        Family: Euphorbiaceae (78)(family description)

          Genus: Euphorbia (29)

            Epithet: peplis L. (1)

Synonyms: Anisophyllum peplis (L.) Haw., Chamaesyce maritima Gray, Chamaesyce peplis (L.) Prokh., Euphorbia dichotoma Forssk., Euphorbia rubescens Link, Tithymalus auriculatus Lam., Tithymalus peplis (L.) Scop.

auriculatus => ear-shaped

dichotoma => divided in two, forked

maritima => growing on the seashore, confined to the coast

peplis => name for Chamaesyce peplis recorded by Pedanius Dioscorides (40—90 AD), a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist

rubescens => becoming red, turning red


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: xerophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, red

External links

Check for Euphorbia peplis at

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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