Euphorbia maculata

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Euphorbia maculata
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Photo by Patrick J. Alexander, hosted by the USDA-NRCS, The PLANTS Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Euphorbiales
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. maculata
Binomial name
Euphorbia maculata
(L.) Small
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Natural range of Euphorbia maculata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Spotted sandmat

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Chamaesyce maculata (Linnaeus) Small; Euphorbia supina Rafinesque


Euphorbia maculata is a weedy annual herbaceous plant. It tends to grow low to the ground and somewhat repent.[1]




E. maculata prefers moist to wet sandy soils like alluvial sands, moist loamy or clayey sand, and coarse calcareous gravelly soils. It is found in a variety of natural and disturbed community types, including pine flatwoods, sand dunes, river banks, open shorelines, and near brackish marshes. Disturbed habitat includes railways, citrus furrows, cracks in pavement, roadside ditches, and recently clear-cut, site prepared and planted slash pine flatwoods.[1]


It has been observed flowering and fruiting in September.[1]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: L. C. Anderson, D. Hall, R. K. Godfrey, R. Komarek, L. Neel, R. A. Norris, A. Schmidt, and C. R. Slaughter. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Collier, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, Polk, Taylor, and Wakulla. Geogia: Camden, Clinch, Glynn, and Thomas.