Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

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Euphorbia characias

Euphorbe characias
Large Mediterranean Spurge

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Additional information

Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

yellow

Flower size

15-20 mm

Flowering months

January,

February,

March,

April,

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Linear,

Lanceolate

Height

1 m

Description

Euphorbias have a particular flowering structure called a ‘cyathia’. The Euphorbia characias is a common plant in the Var. The long, stout, upright stems are bare below and leafy above.

Rocky habitats, scrub, garrigue and open woodland.

The latex of all Euphorbias can cause a skin rash.

Flowers

Cyathia: rounded to oblong head with umbels of 10-20 rays. The bracts form a fused ‘cup’ around the flowers. The flowers are surrounded by a ring of dark, reddish-brown nectar glands.

Leaves

Linear narrow blade leaf, like grass, Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Narrow, wider in the middle, pointed, bluish-green, alternate on the stems.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: 4-7 mm.

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