Hairy Spurge - Pill Pod Sandmat
Euphorbia hirta - Linnaeus
Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) Family

Hairy Spurge is an upright or decumbent plant with conspicuous hairs along the stem. Its preferred habitat is fields, pastures, roadsides, around buildings and dock areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are opposite on the stem, strongly asymmetrical at the base (leaf shape is variable). The tip is wedge-shaped and often forms an angle less than a right. Regardless of shape. Each leaf has three prominent lateral veins that may be sunken on the upper side and prominent on the lower. The color is bright green to purplish with occasional splotches.

The flowers are very small, numerous, borne in dense conspicuous clusters on short stalks. The cyanthia is extremely small (the basic inflorescence consists of cup like involucre bearing flowers from its inner base). Flowers occur anytime from April to Frost, but usually more aggressive in early autumn.

Fruit is a hairy capsule, sharply 3-angled.

Two related plants, Prostrate Spurge and Eyebane, are found in similar locations, producing flowers and fruit at the same time.

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