Cnidoscolus texanus [Euphorbiaceae]

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Scientific Name Cnidoscolus texanus USDA PLANTS Symbol
Common Name Texas Bullnettle, Mala Mujer ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
Family Euphorbiaceae (Spurge) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils, rangelands and disturbed areas.
Plant: Perennial bush about 2 feet tall and up to 3 feet across; several stems with many prickles.
Leaves: Large dark green alternate leaves, deeply lobed with prominent veins and prickles on surfaces; ruffled appearance.
Inflorescence: Showy white blossoms about 1-1/2 inches across; 5 sepals (no petals), 10 cream-white stamens.
Bloom Period: April to July (or later).
References: "Manual of the Vascular plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, SEINet, and www.wildflower.org.
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