Name: Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata)
Other name: prostrate spurge
Clade: Angiosperms, Eudicots, Rosids
Description: Euphorbia maculata is a typically prostrate plant, with occasional specimens reaching up as high as 30 centimetres (12 in). The stems spread out in a mat along the ground with each stem rarely greater than 45 centimetres (18 in) long. The leaves are oval but rather elongate, up to 3 centimetres (1.2 in) long, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are very small, with four white petals that quickly fade to pink.
Distribution: Native to North America. It is a common garden and lawn weed in the United States.
Fun fact: The sap of this plant is a mild skin irritant and can cause a rash in some people. The sap is poisonous and considered carcinogenic.
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