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Euphorbia spp. (spurges)

spurge flowers

e.g. Euphorbia portlandica-Portland Spurge

Euphorbia paralias-Sea Spurge

Both species are succulent

Thick waxy cuticles reduce loses through evapotranspiration

Deep roots facilitate anchorage

Sand burial stimulates growth

Both species have a poisonous latex which deters grazers thus energy invested in growth is unlikely to be lost to herbivores

 

 

 


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