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Definitely in the Euphorbiaceae

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Euphorbia Fruit 8247

The Euphorbiaceae, or spurge family, is a huge one. The genus Euphorbia alone includes over 2,000 species, several hundred of which are often now split off into the genus Chamaesyce. That may be where this little plant belongs but I’m not sure. There are lots of these low-growing, inconspicuous little spurges in central Texas, and I haven’t learned to tell them apart. To give you a sense of scale, let me add that each of the small fruits you see here is no more than half a centimeter (a fifth of an inch) across

Today’s picture comes from February 9, 2012, at the intersection of York Blvd. and Stonelake Blvd. in northwest Austin.

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© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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