Sea spurge – Euphorbia paralias

One of the commonest plants on the dunes at Newborough is the sea spurge (Euphorbia paralias). If you see it early in the year, before it forms flowers, it looks more like a sprawling kind of stonecrop than a spurge.

Sea spurge in April

Sea spurge in April

But once the flowers have formed, it’s unmistakably spurge-like.

Sea spurge in flower

Sea spurge in flower: like many Euphorbias, it has no petals or sepals.

Flowering sea spurge (with tufts of marram grass flowers poking through)

Flowering sea spurge (with spikes of marram grass flowers poking through)

 

 

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