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138. Euphorbia pinetorum (Small) G. L. Webster, J. Arnold Arbor. 48: 403. 1967.
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Pineland spurge Pineland spurge

Poinsettia pinetorum Small, Fl. Miami, 111, 200. 1913

Herbs, perennial, with thickened, woody taproot. Stems erect, 30–100 cm, glabrous; branches ± straight. Leaves usually alternate, occasionally opposite proximally; petiole 0–1.5 mm, glabrous; blade narrowly lanceolate to linear, base long-attenuate, 30–120 × 2.5–5 mm, margins usually entire, occasionally with few inconspicuous teeth, revolute, apex narrowly acute, surfaces glabrous; venation obscurely pinnate, midvein prominent. Cyathial arrangement: terminal monochasial or dichasial branches 1–2, unbranched; pleiochasial bracts 2–3, often whorled, wholly purpurescent green or pink at base, similar in shape and size to distal leaves or slightly narrower; dichasial bracts highly reduced. Cyathia: peduncle 1.5–3 mm. Involucre campanulate, 1.5–1.9 × 1.4–1.7 mm, glabrous; involucral lobes divided into broad, triangular segments; glands 3(–5), red to purple, sessile and broadly attached, 0.8–1.1 × 1.2–1.6 mm, opening oblong (flattened without pressing), without annular rim, glabrous; appendages absent. Staminate flowers 8–12. Pistillate flowers: ovary glabrous; styles 1.5 mm, 2-fid nearly entire length. Capsules purpurescent, depressed-globose, 2.8–3.2 × 3.6–4 mm, 3-lobed, glabrous; columella 2.6–2.9 mm. Seeds dark brown, cylindric-ovoid to ovoid, rounded in cross section, 2.1–2.4 × 2 mm, uniformly low-tuberculate, tubercles in median, transverse ridge; caruncle absent.

Flowering and fruiting year-round. Sandy soils in pinelands; of conservation concern; 0–10 m; Fla.

Euphorbia pinetorum has a restricted distribution in southern peninsular Florida, primarily in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. The species is very similar to narrow-leaved forms of the closely related E. cyathophora but differs in its perennial habit, consistently unlobed leaves, and purpurescent involucral glands and cyathia.


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