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Euphorbia characias

Euphorbia characias L.

 

Mediterranean Spurge

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderMalpighialesA broad group encompassing 16,000 species
FamilyEuphorbiaceaeEuphorbia or spurge family
GenusEuphorbiaAn extremely diverse-looking genus of mostly tropical and subtropical succulent plants. For Euphorbus, corpulent Greek physician of Juba II, King of Mauretania. Literally, “euphorbia” means “well-fed”
SpeciescharaciasDerived from the Greek word charakias, meaning “of or fit for a stake, pale or palisade

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Euphorbia characias description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Nov 2013.

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Euphorbia characias (Mediterranean Spurge)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 34 × 41" (87 × 104 cm) ID is uncertain

Euphorbia characias (Mediterranean Spurge)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 10 × 8" (24 × 20 cm) ID is uncertain

Euphorbia characias (Mediterranean Spurge)

2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, CA
≈ 33 × 22" (84 × 56 cm) ID is uncertain

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