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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.


I’m antipodally away from home (loosely speaking). You’re welcome to leave comments, podal or antipodal, but please understand if I’m late in responding.

© 2015 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 14, 2015 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Absolutely gorgeous!
    Even if you’re not at home, Steven, this is
    wishing you a Happy Valentine,
    Dina, Klausbernd, Siri & Selma xxxx


    February 14, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    • Hi, guys. Thanks for wishing us a Happy Valentine, which we spent in Christchurch, New Zealand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 15, 2015 at 11:37 AM

  2. wonderful photo


    February 14, 2015 at 11:35 AM

  3. I like the many attractive soft shades of colour on the fruit and the leaves. A very “fertile” or can I say voluptuous looking cluster, Steve. 🙂


    February 14, 2015 at 11:13 PM

    • Voluptuous it is, Jane, even if on a small enough scale that few people give these low Euphorbias a look (neither a first one nor much less a second).

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

  4. Lovely image, Steve. I do enjoy the Euphorbiaceae, but I once brought home the common roadside variety (the Latin escapes me at the moment) and that was a serious mistake. Very invasive and difficult to eradicate. The tiniest bit of root yields a whole new crop of weedables. I think after 20 years it’s gone.

    Steve Gingold

    February 15, 2015 at 4:31 AM

  5. Those are cute little fruits, but apparently really TINY! Good luck identifying them. 🙂


    February 15, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    • I expect there are people at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center who could identify this, but I try not to query them too often.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 18, 2015 at 3:33 AM

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