Euphorbia paralias, Sea Spurge,
Hebrew: חלבלוב הים, Arabic: الفربيون المتوازي

Scientific name:  Euphorbia paralias L.
Common name:  Sea Spurge
Hebrew name:  חלבלוב הים
Arabic name:  الفربيون المتوازي
Plant Family:  Euphorbiaceae, חלבלוביים

Israel Flora, Euphorbia paralias, Sea Spurge, חלבלוב הים,Euphorbiaceae, חלבלוביים

Life form:   Chamaephyte, semi-shrub
Stems:  Up to 70 cm; multiple stems
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, elliptic-ovate
Inflorescence:  Cyathium
Flowers:  Green; cyathia solitary on a distinct peduncle
Fruits / pods:  Capsule; seeds ovoid-globose, pale grey with a small caruncle
Flowering Period:   April, May, June, July, August
Habitat:  Mediterranean strand
Distribution:  Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Perenating

Euphorbia paralias, Sea Spurge, חלבלוב הים,Euphorbiaceae, חלבלוביים


Derivation of the botanical name:
Euphorbia, Εὔφορβος, Euphorbus, after the Numidian physician Euphorbus, physician to Juba II, King of Numidia and Mauretania, about the end of the first century BCE. In classical Greek ευφορβοσ (euphorbos) means well fed.
paralias, Greek paralos, "maritime," sometimes used with the sense of "blue like the sea."
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.
Inflorescence definition Cyathium: a cup-shaped involucre bearing several minute stamens (male flowers) and a pistillate flower consisting of an ovary on a long stalk (pedicel). The rim of the cyathium often bears one or more nectar glands and petaloid appendages; this feature is present in every species of the genus Euphorbia but nowhere else in the plantkingdom.


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