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False capers (Euphorbia terracina)

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Scientific name:Euphorbia terracina L.

Common Name:

False capers (Geraldton carnation weed)


Native to the Mediterranean region (Parsons & Cuthbertson, 2001) occurring in waste places, on sandy flats and lower slopes (Reed, 1977); coastal areas and dunes (Keighery & Keighery, 2000). A weed of wasteland, paths and firebreaks (Keighery & Keighery, 2000); pasture and roadsides; NSW, Vic, SA & WA (Richardson, 2006); coastal heath & tuart woodlands (Hussey
et al, 1997); coastal dunes, acacia shrubland, banksia woodland, ephemeral wetlands (Keighery & Keighery, 2000); closed tall scrub, low open & closed heath, closed Acacia shrub mallee (Town of Cambridge, 2006), and grows in well-drained sandy soils, particularly sand dunes (Parsons & Cuthbertson, 2001) to 100 ft (Meikle, 1985) and in the USA in disturbed coastal sage scrub…open woodland-type vegetation and grassland (Calflora, 2006); swamps (WAH, 2006); saltmarsh, and riparian areas (DiTomaso, 2005).
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