cliff spurge Euphorbiaceae Euphorbia
misera Benth. symbol: EUMI4
Leaf: Alternate, simple, drought deciduous, broadly ovate to nearly round, light green and pubescent above and below.
Flower: Distinctive, with a broad yellow center nectar disc, petals red to white with yellow or white fringed edges; borne at the branch tips.
Fruit: A 3-parted round capsule containing round gray-brown seeds.
Twig: Gray-brown, semi-succulent and very flexible; producing milky sap when broken.
Bark: Red-brown to gray-brown; developing shallow fissures.
Form: A low multi-stem shrub to 3 feet.
Additional Range Information: Euphorbia misera is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting cliff spurge.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)