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
Plant Risk Assessment
Plant Risk Assessment- An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.
Weed Management NotesNo Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.
Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles
Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations
Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.
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Other Euphorbia lathyris Information
- CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
- Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
- Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
- USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
- EDDMapS - North American distribution based on Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System.