Euphorbia maculata

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Euphorbia maculata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. maculata
Binomial name
Euphorbia maculata

Euphorbia maculata (syn. Chamaesyce maculata (L.) Small, variously called spotted spurge or prostrate spurge), is an annual plant in the family Euphorbiaceae, native to North America.

It is a variably prostrate to erect plant, with stems growing along the ground up to 45 cm long, but only reaching up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are oval, up to 3 cm long, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are very small, with four white petals. It grows in sunny locations and a variety of soils, and is frequently found as a weed in gardens. The sap of this plant is a skin irritant and will cause a rash similar to Poison Ivy. Use gloves when pulling this weed.