Of the two small annual wild poinsettias, or spurges, that grow in our area, only one, the painted spurge, has a touch of the brilliant red color that we associate with cultivated poinsettias. The actual flowers of the plant are tiny and even less noticeable than the resulting seed pods. The leaves and bracts have variable shapes, and only the bracts have the red color.
class: Magnoliopsida / order: Euphorbiales / family: Euphorbiaceae / genus: Euphorbia / species: cyathophora
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