nodding spurge

Euphorbia nutans

The eyebanes plant is found in many places across the world and finds ways to grow in lots of places. 6

Euphorbia nutans is a species of euphorb known by the common names eyebane and nodding spurge. It is native to much of the United States, Eastern Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and Venezuela.

Michael, The International School at Mesa Del Sol, 2019

Chamaesyce Nutans/ Eyebanes
This plant is also known as Euphorbia
Characteristics
Eyebanes are summer annual weeds.(3) Eyebanes can grow anywhere between one to three feet wide. The leaves of Eyebanes are green oval shaped plants. The top surface of this leaf sometimes has a red dot.(1)There are two leaves per node. Eyebanes has no structure and grows as on its own spreading out. The stems of this plant are weak and cant support much weight. (2)
Eyebanes grows almost everywhere in New Mexico because it’s a great climate for this plant. It has a high drought tolerance that lasts in dry soil. The one thing it really needs is a lot of sun, so this plant will tend to grow almost anywhere as longs as theres dirt and plenty of sunlight for it. Eyebanes will grow and bloom between August, September, October, and November.(1)In the stems there is white poisonous latex.(3) This latex is sap like, and can irrate eyes or make your skin itchy. (4)
Chamaesyce Nutans will attract bees, wasps, and Syphid Flies. The reason for them being attracted is because of the nectar. The mourning dove and greater prairie chicken will eat the seeds from it. (3)


1) TWC Staff, Plant Database, Ladybird Johnson wildflower center, 2018-09-24, 3-29-19, https://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=CHNU9
2) Arthur, Euphorbia Nutans, Go Botany, ,3-29-19, https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/euphorbia/nutans/
3)Nodding spurge, 3-29-19 no author
4) https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/plant-of-the-week/chamaesyce_maculata.shtml

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Tom Potterfield, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/tgpotterfield/15095228101/
  2. (c) Adam Cochran, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/4459063
  3. (c) Bill Schur, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/26035781
  4. (c) cwhiting, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/10636377
  5. (c) Dan Johnson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/25513004
  6. Adapted by smiller33 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_nutans

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Leaf oval, triangular