Crested Spurge
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Crested Spurge
A Native Photo: Siddarth Machado
Common name: Crested Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia cristata    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Chamaesyce cristata, Lophobios cristata

Crested Spurge is a small prostrate annual hairy herb, up to 15 cm. Leaves are up to 2.5 x 1.2 cm, ovate, tip bluntly, pointed, base oblique, sawtoothed, fringed with hairs, membranous; leaf-stalk up to 3 mm. Cyathia are 1-3, at branch-ends or in leaf-axils, covered with overlapping floral leaves; involucre 2 mm, bell-shaped, fringed with hairs; glands 4, appendages 1.5 mm, fringed, with long hairs; male flowers-5-8, bracteolate; stalk 2 mm; anthers subspherical, female flowers-drooping; stalk 4 mm; ovary subspherical, velvet-hairy, styles 3 bifid. Capsule is 2 x 4 mm, quadrangular. Crested Spurge is found in South India and Sri Lanka. Flowering: December-February.
Medicinal uses: Tender leaved are ground in to a paste and applied to fracture. Mucilage from stem is applied to burns.

Identification credit: Navendu Pāgé Photographed in Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh.

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