Euphorbia hypericifolia L.

Etymology Genus After Euphorbus, a Greek physician to the King of Mauritana
Species Having leaves like plants in the genus Hypericum
Family Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms Chamaesyce hypericifolia (L.) Millsp., Euphorbia boliviana Rusby
Common Names Graceful Spurge, Beach Spurge, Graceful Sandmat
Status Exotic: Naturalised
Form Herb
Native Distribution Tropical America


Euphorbia hypericifolia is a common herb in scrublands. The oppositely arranged leaves are usually slightly curved and have small serrations along the margins. The inflorescence consists of white petal-like glands which surrounds the male and female flowers.

Interesting Facts:

This American native have since been naturalised widely in the Old World tropics (eFloras, 2008).

The Graceful Spurge is a common scrubland species.

The leaves are usually slightly curved.

The leaves have small serrated margins.

The inflorescences, showing the fruit and white petal-like glands.


eFloras (2008) Euphorbia hypericifolia Linnaeus. Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge. Accessed on 22-May-2012.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2013-05-22 / Modified: 2017-12-25