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Taxon: Euphorbia peplis L.

Genus: Euphorbia
Family: Euphorbiaceae subfamily: Euphorbioideae tribe: Euphorbieae subtribe: Euphorbiinae.
Nomen number: 16395
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:455. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 16-May-1995 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 04-Jun-1998
Species priority site is: North Central Regional PI Station (NC7).


Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.
Check AABGA/NAPCC contact person for genus for possible non-NPGS germplasm.
Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • purple spurge   (Source: AH 505 ) – English

Economic importance:

  • Medicines: folklore   (fide F Iraq)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Econ Pl Aust)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    Western Asia: Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Northern Europe: United Kingdom
    East Europe: Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Former Yugoslavia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sicily]; Romania
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores



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  • Google Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (05 June 2011)

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