|Scientific Name||Euphorbia esula||USDA PLANTS Symbol||EUES|
|Common Name||Leafy Spurge||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||28064|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to montane (3500 to 9000 ft.); widely distributed in grasslands, shrublands, dry roadsides and disturbed areas.
Plant: Erect perennial with branching stems 1 to 3 feet tall.
Leaves: Alternate, sessile stem leaves, narrowly-oblong or linear blades, 1-1/4 to 4 inches long, with pointed tips.
Inflorescence: Umbels with pairs of heart-shaped bracts that are 1/2-inch long and cup clusters of individual flowers; each cluster contains a single pistillate flower, 12 to 15 staminate flowers and 4 bright yellow crescent-shaped glands with horns; flowers have no sepals nor petals. For a detailed description see Invasive Species Compendium.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, Colorado Dept. of Agriculture, Univ. of British Columbia, Minnesota Wildflowers and SEINet.
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