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Common name

English: Petty spurge

German: Garten-Wolfsmilch

Portuguese: Ésula-redonda


Kingdom: Plantae (2635)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2573)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2146)

      Order: Malpighiales (111)

        Family: Euphorbiaceae (77)(family description)

          Genus: Euphorbia (27)

            Epithet: peplus L. (1)

Synonyms: Anisophyllum peplis (L.) Haw., Chamaesyce maritima Gray, Chamaesyce peplis (L.) Prokh., Esula minima Haw., Esula peplus (L.) Haw., Esula rotundifolia (Lam.) Gray, Euphorbia calabrica Huter, Porta & Rigo, Euphorbia chamaepeploides Lotsy, Euphorbia dichotoma Forssk., Euphorbia minima (Haw.) Mart., Euphorbia oleracea Pers., Euphorbia pusillima Post, Euphorbia rotundifolia (Lam.) Loisel., Euphorbia rubescens Link, Euphorbion peplum (L.) St.-Lag., Galarhoeus peplus (L.) Prokh., Keraselma oleraceum (Pers.) Raf., Keraselma peplus (L.) Raf., Keraselma reniforme Raf., Tithymalus auriculatus Lam., Tithymalus peplis (L.) Scop., Tithymalus peplus (L.) Hill, Tithymalus rotundifolius Lam.

auriculatus => ear-shaped

calabrica => from Calabria, southern Italy

dichotoma => divided in two, forked

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

minima => very small

oleracea => edible garden herb

oleraceum => edible garden herb

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

peplus => derived from a generic name for the species

reniforme => kidney-shaped

rotundifolia => referring to the rounded leaves

rotundifolius => round-leaved

rubescens => becoming red, turning red


Climate: temperate

Habit: herb

Flower colour: green, white

External links

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