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Euphorbia myrsinites
Euphorbia myrsinites
Myrtle Spurge
Photographer: Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

ID: 0000 0000 0123 0188 (2023-01-04)

Copyright © 2023 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy

  • date of photo  Apr 19, 2022
  • latitude 44.81544   longitude 14.34782     View on Google Maps.
  • location   Adriatic Sea, island Cres, sea shore south of village Martinšćica, Kvarner ba (Rijeka region, Croatia)
  • family Euphorbiaceae
  • notes   Slo.: naskalni mleček - syn.: Endoisila myrsinites (L.) Raf., Euphorbion myrsinitum (L.) St.-Lag., Galarhoeus myrsinites (L.) Haw., Murtekias myrsinites (L.) Raf., Tithymalus myrsinites (L.) Hill - Habitat: Rocky sea shore; inclined terrain, southeast aspect, a few meters from water; full sun; hot, dry, open terrain, exposed to direct rain; elevation 4 m (13 feet); average precipitations ~ 1.000 mm/year, average temperature 13-14 deg C, Sub-Mediterranean phytogeographical region. - Substratum: soil among rocks crevices. - Comment (pertains to pictures in the Flickr album Euphorbia myrsinites): Euphorbia myrsinites is an interesting succulent known also in horticulture. It is native to the Mediterranean region but grows only in and west of Italy, on the whole Balkan peninsula, in Turkey and all around the Black Sea. This warmth loving plant, prefers hot, dry sites and is very drought tolerant. It does well in poor, rocky soils and can be frequently found on ruderal ground, at least in Slovenia. Euphorbia myrsinites, like almost all other very numerous members of the genus Euphorbiaceae, has a milky white sap that is poisonous. Although not deadly, it should not be ingested. Externally it can cause skin irritation or even severe dermatitis in some sensitive people. Yet, it is still a beautiful decoration of white, rocky, otherwise quite barren sea shore of many Adriatic islands. - Ref.: (1) T. Nikolić, Flora Croatica, Vaskularna flora Republike Hrvatske, Vol. 2., Alfa d.d.. Zagreb (2020) p 739, (2) A. Martinči et all., Mala Flora Slovenije (Flora of Slovenia - Key) (in Slovenian), Tehnična Založba Slovenije (2007), p 374. (3) R. Domac, Flora Hrvatske (Flora of Croatia) (in Croatian), Školska Knjiga, Zagreb (1994), p 63. (4) M. Blamey, C. Grey-Wilson, Wild Flowers of the Mediterranean, A & C Black, London (2005), p 119. (5) W.K. Rottensteiner, Exkursionsflora für Istrien, Verlag des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins Kärten (2014), p 438.
  • camera   Sony ILCE6000 / Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar E 16-70 mm/f4
  • contributor's ID #  Bot_1451/2022_DSC6908
  • photo category: Plant - annual/perennial

  • common names   Myrtle Spurge, Broad-leaved Glaucous Spurge (photographer)
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