Spurge family

FORM Low herbs, shrubs and trees. Many with a milky juice, some succulent.

Genera      300       

Species  5000 in our area 57 (Gray); 55 (B&B)43


Flowers regular sexes separate

#Parts   5 sepals often present, 5 petals often absent   Stamens 1 to many.

Symmetry Regular

Leaves alternate simple, some with glands at the base.

Rubber, tapioca, Poinsettia, tung oil and castor oil obtained from this family.