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Euphorbia bombensis [= Euphorbia ammannioides, Chamaesyce bombensis]

Southern Seaside Spurge, Dixie Sandmat

Scientific Name:

Euphorbia bombensis [= Euphorbia ammannioides, Chamaesyce bombensis]

Genus:

Euphorbia

Species Epithet:

bombensis

Common Name:

Southern Seaside Spurge, Dixie Sandmat

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Euphorbiaceae (Spurge Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White, Yellow, Green

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Open sands of dunes, dune blowouts and overwashes, often growing with perennial grasses such as Uniola paniculata, but preferring open sands with little competition, sometimes mixed with the more common E. polygonifolia. Uncommon on the NC Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

State Rank:

S?: Uncertain (*Key)

Global Rank:

G4 - Apparently Secure, G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

SR-T: Significantly Rare: Throughout (*Key)

Notes:

NC Natural Heritage Program Rank S2?; Global Rank G4G5.

Very similar to Northern Seaside Spurge, Southern Seaside Spurge has slightly smaller seeds and differs in habitat (behind the foredune rather than on the upper beach and foredune.)

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A closer look

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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