Euphorbia veneris M.S.Khan, 1963
Common names: Aphrodite's Spurge [En], Ευφορβία της Αφροδίτης [Gr], Sütleğen [Tu]
Troodos (Τρόοδος, Trodos Dağları), LIMASSOL (Λεμεσός, Leymosun) ● Cyprus
Description: Perennial plant, glaucous, 10-35 cm, with short ascendant or decumbent fleshy stems.
The cauline leaves are bluish-green, elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, sessile, glabrous, glaucous, mucronate or shortly acuminate.
The terminal leaves are yellowish-green, ovate or ovate-rounded, mucronate.
In the genus Euphorbia, the flowers are reduced in size and aggregated into a cluster of flowers called a cyathium. In this species, the glands on the cyathium are short- to medium horned with the horns dilated at the apex. The male flowers are naked stamens and the female flower is a naked ovary.
Biology: Flowering from February to July.
Habitat: sunny, stony sites. Above 800 m.
Distribution: Endemic plant on Cyprus, found in the Troodos mountains.
Khan M.S., 1963. A New Euphorbia from Cyprus, Kew Bulletin, Vol. 16, No. 3 (1963), pp. 447-450, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Sfikas G., 1998. Wild Flowers of Cyprus, Efstathiadis group, Athens.
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