Euphorbia thymifolia L.

Etymology Genus After Euphorbus, a Greek physician to the King of Mauritana
Species Having leaves like plants in the genus Thymus
Family Euphorbiaceae
Synonyms -
Common Names Thyme-leaf spurge
Status Undetermined
Form Herb
Native Distribution Pantropical and to some temperate regions


Euphorbia thymifolia is a prostrate herb commonly growing from cracks of concrete or lawns. The opposite leaves are small (not exceeding 1cm). It is common to see them having reddish stems and leaves.

Interesting Facts:

The Thyme-leaf Spurge is used traditionally as a "blood purifier, sedative, haemostatic; aromatic, stimulant, astringent in diarrhea and dysentery, anthelminthic, demulcent, and laxative" (Prashant & Shital, 2013).

Habit of the Thyme-leaf Spurge growing from the concrete crack.

Flowers and fruits.

Leaves with very slight serrated margins.


Prashant YM & Shital SP. (2013) A review on phyto-pharmacological potentials of Euphorbia thymifolia L. Ancient Science of Life, 32: 165-172.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2015-01-11 / Modified: 2017-12-25