Euphorbiaceae (weeds)

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Euphorbia cyparissias (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Teun Spaans
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Euphorbiaceae (weeds) - (spurge family)

The family contains around 7500 species of herbs, shrubs and trees. It includes various crops like rubber or cassava. A number of species are important agricultural or invasive weeds like leafy spurge or the Chinese tallow tree.

The species often have simple, alternate leaves. Many species contain a milky and poisonous latex which protects the plants from herbivores and seals wounds. The flowers are unisexual (either male or female) with a radial symmetry and arranged in cub-shaped clusters.

For details see the respective page in Wikipedia.

The following genera and individual weed species are currently entered under this family: