Taxon  Report   3557    
Euphorbia lathyris  L.
Compass plant,  Gopher plant, Moleplant
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2014 Neal Kramer
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2017 Ron Vanderhoff
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2012 jessica dowell
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. There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Euphorbia lathyris
© 2017 Aaron Echols
Genus: Euphorbia
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places


Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Euphorbia lathyrus
PLANTS: Galarhoeus lathyris
PLANTS: Tithymalus lathyris
More information about  Euphorbia lathyris
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).