Euphorbia paralias

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Euphorbia paralias
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Sea Spurge in La Revellata, Corsica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. paralias
Binomial name
Euphorbia paralias
Euphorbia paralias - MHNT

Euphorbia paralias (sea spurge) is a species of Euphorbia, native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia.[1]

It is a glaucous perennial plant growing up to 70 cm tall. The crowded leaves are elliptic-ovate (ovate toward the top of the stems) and 5 to 20 mm long.[2]

The species is widely naturalised in Australia.[2] It invades coastal areas, displacing local species and colonising open sand areas favoured by certain nesting birds.[3]


  1. ^ "Euphorbia paralias". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b James, T.A. & G.J. Harden. "Euphorbia paralias". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Sydney Australia. Retrieved 2008-12-23. 
  3. ^ "Have you seen this beach weed?". Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (Tasmania). Retrieved 30 May 2011.