Euphorbia lathyris

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Photo courtesy UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: caper spurge

Euphorbia lathyris (caper spurge) is a herb/ (family Euphorbiaceae) with green-yellow flowers and thin narrow leaves found in the coastal ranges, western ranges, the Central Valley, and desert ranges of California. It is native to Europe. It occurs in grasslands, marshes, dunes, scrub and chaparral habitats. It spreads via seed and is dispersed by water, machinery and dumped garden waste.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

None for this species.

Other Euphorbia lathyris Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.