Spider Spurge
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Spider Spurge
P Introduced Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Spider Spurge
Botanical name: Euphorbia hedyotoides    Family: Euphorbiaceae (Castor family)
Synonyms: Euphorbia decariana

Spider Spurge is a woody shrub-like spineless spurge which forms a silver-barked trunk and a full crown of branches with narrow dark green leaves. The attractive part of the plant is the size of the root-stem it ultimately grows into, a gourd-like, woody main root up to 6 inches thick which can be elevated above the soil. The flowers, with surrounded leaves, look like spiders sitting on branch ends, a dull red or yellow color for the cyanthia with cream-colored stamens. A cyanthium is a flower cluster containing unisexual male and female flowers. Spider Spurge comes from southern Madagascar, and is cultivated as a house plant.

Identification credit: N Arun Kumar Photographed in cultivation in Bangalore.

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