Euphorbia misera

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Euphorbia misera
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
E. misera
Binomial name
Euphorbia misera

Euphorbia misera, known by the common name cliff spurge, is a species of spurge in western North America.


The plant is native to Southern California and Baja California.

It is found in the Colorado Desert of the Sonoran Desert ecoregion, the coastline, and the southern Channel Islands in California. It is in the Sonoran Desert and on the coastline in Baja California.


Euphorbia misera is a shrub standing erect and reaching 0.5–1 metre (1.6–3.3 ft) in height. It has small, rounded, hairy leaves and inflorescences at the tips of the branches.

The distinctive flower is hairy and glandular and has a central nectar disc with a bright red appendage with scalloped edges and a light yellow fringe. The style in the pistillate flower extends outward and is divided at the tip. The anthers are bright yellow.

The fruit is a spherical capsule with lobes containing round, wrinkled gray seeds.

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