Euphorbia bifurcata


in W. H. Emory, Rep. U.S. Mex. Bound. 2(1): 190. 1859.

Common names: Forked spurge
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 319. Mentioned on page 239, 317, 318.

Herbs, annual, with slender, fibrous taproot. Stems erect, 20–70 cm, glabrous or with few scattered spreading hairs; branches arcuate, branching appearing dichotomous. Leaves usually alternate, occasionally opposite at proximalmost node; petiole 15–49 mm, glabrous; blade usually ovate, rarely oblong or elliptic, 13–54 × 7–38 mm, base usually rounded to broadly cuneate, rarely truncate, margins finely serrulate, apex obtuse, surfaces glabrous or with few scattered hairs; venation pinnate, midvein prominent. Cyathial arrangement: terminal dichasial branches 2, few-branched (weakly defined); pleiochasial bracts 2–3, opposite or whorled, wholly green, similar in shape and size to distal leaves; dichasial bracts smaller than distal leaves, often white at base. Cyathia: peduncle 0.9–3.5(–6.2) mm. Involucre tubular or obconic, 1–1.7 × 0.7–1.4 mm, glabrous except for few hairs on lobes; involucral lobes divided into several linear, smooth lobes; glands 1(–3), greenish, sessile and broadly attached, 0.3–0.4 × 0.4–0.8 mm, opening oblong to subcircular, glabrous; appendages petaloid, white, elliptic, oblong, transversely oblong, or forming thin, lunate rim on gland margin, not incurved and covering glands, 0.3–0.9 × 0.6–1.3 mm, entire, undulate or slightly lobed, glabrous. Staminate flowers 20–30. Pistillate flowers: ovary glabrous; styles 0.6–1 mm, 2-fid 1/2 length. Capsules oblate, 2.8–3.1 × 3.6–4.5 mm, glabrous; columella 1.9–2.4 mm. Seeds brown to blackish, ovoid, rounded in cross section, 1.9–2.4 × 1.5–1.8 mm, irregularly and coarsely tuberculate; caruncle absent or rudimentary.

Phenology: Flowering and fruiting summer–fall.
Habitat: Riparian areas with cottonwoods and willows, pinyon pine woodlands, pine-oak forests, Douglas fir forests with pines.
Elevation: 1900–2300 m.


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N.Mex., Tex., Mexico, Central America (Guatemala).


Euphorbia bifurcata is found in the mountains of southern New Mexico (Doña Ana, Grant, Lincoln, Otero, and Sierra counties) and trans-Pecos Texas (Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Jess A. Peirson +, Paul E. Berry +  and Victor W. Steinmann +
Engelmann +
Poinsettia +
Forked spurge +
N.Mex. +, Tex. +, Mexico +  and Central America (Guatemala). +
1900–2300 m. +
Riparian areas with cottonwoods and willows, pinyon pine woodlands, pine-oak forests, Douglas fir forests with pines. +
Flowering and fruiting summer–fall. +
in W. H. Emory, Rep. U.S. Mex. Bound. +
Illustrated +
Euphorbia bifurcata +
Euphorbia sect. Poinsettia +
species +