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Milk Purslane
Euphorbia maculata
(formerly Euphorbia supina)

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata) Other common names: Blotched Spurge, Spotted Sandmat, Spotted Spurge

Other scientific names: Euphorbia supina, Chamaesyce maculata, Chamaesyce supina

French names: Ricinelle maculée

Family: Spurge Family (Euphorbiaceae)

Flowers: Summer;  White;  Indistinguishable parts (petals)

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 432   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Status:   S-Rank: SE5

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: maculata: spotted

Photographs: 43 photographs available, of which 8 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

General overview of Milk Purslane.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

Typical spotted leaves.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

Sometimes the leaves are not spotted.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

The flowers are tiny!

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

Anotehr viwe of the tiny flowers of Milk Purslane.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

Closeup of the tiny flowers.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

The milky sap which gives this plant one of its common names.

Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

Range map for Milk Purslane (Euphorbia maculata)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)