Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Cypress Spurge - Euphorbia cyparissias   L.
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DistributionMostly in the Mountains and the Piedmont; also northern Coastal Plain. First collected in NC in Asheville, Buncombe County, in 1933; then in Stokes County in 1958.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southern Canada south to GA, AR, CO, CA.
AbundanceUncommon to locally fairly common, except rare in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatRoadsides, fields, meadows, forest clearings, waste ground, cemeteries.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-May.
IdentificationCypress Spurge is readily identified by its abundant skinny leaves (1-3 mm wide) and terminal, branched, rather flat-topped, yellow inflorescence. The inflorescence color comes mostly from the broad floral glands.
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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, roadside, late March 2011. RichmondPhoto_non_natural

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