Taxon  Report   3557 
Euphorbia lathyris  L.
Compass plant,  Gopher plant, Moleplant
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2007 Neal Kramer
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Euphorbia lathyris
© 2014 Neal Kramer
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2014 Neal Kramer
Euphorbia lathyris, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.

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Euphorbia lathyris
© 2011 Robert A. Hamilton
Genus: Euphorbia
weed, characteristic of disturbed places
Habitat: disturbed [Walker]
Toxicity: MINOR, DERMATITIS   [California Poison Control System 2010]    
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Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Euphorbia lathyrus
PLANTS: Galarhoeus lathyris
PLANTS: Tithymalus lathyris
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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 25, 2016).

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