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Euphorbia obtusata Pursh. Woodland Spurge. Phen: Apr-Jul. Hab: Rich bottomland forests. Dist: Sc. PA west to IN and IA, south to GA, SC and TX. The distribution uncertain.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: We maintain E. obtusata as distinct from E. spathulata, pending further research. See Riina et al. (2016) for a discussion on regional variation in a broader E. spathulata (particularly e. US vs. w. US); they describe various treatments that have maintained this taxon at species level but also mention surprisingly widespread but perhaps somewhat isolated instances of morphological overlap. Work is also needed to solidify the eastern and western limits of E. spathulata and E. obtustata, respectively. The distribution of both taxa in Georgia, for instance, needs clarification; we maintain the identification of three piedmont specimens by Jim Allison as E. obtusata (2120; 2837; 6375).

Synonymy: = C, F, G, Il, Pa, RAB, W, WV, Ward (2023) in Weakley et al (2023); = Galarhoeus obtusatus (Pursh) Small – S; = n/a – Tat; = Tithymalus obtusatus (Pursh) Klotzsch & Garcke – S13; < Euphorbia spathulata Lam. – FNA12, GrPl, K1, K3, K4, Govaerts, Frodin, & Radcliffe-Smith (2000)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 4

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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