Euphorbia porteriana

(Small) Oudejans

Phytologia 67: 48. 1989.

Common names: Porter’s sandmat
EndemicConservation concern
Basionym: Chamaesyce porteriana Small Fl. S.E. U.S. 711, 1333. 1903
Synonyms: C. porteriana var. scoparia (Small) D. G. Burch C. scoparia Small
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 12. Treatment on page 285. Mentioned on page 238, 256, 258, 261, 268.
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Herbs, usually annual, sometimes perennial, with slender to occasionally thickened taproot, 5 mm diam.. Stems erect to ascending, sometimes slightly woody at base, not mat-forming, 15–60 cm, usually glabrous, young branches rarely very sparsely short pubescent. Leaves opposite; stipules usually distinct, occasionally connate basally, triangular, entire or 2–4 parted, apically ciliate, 0.3–0.4 mm, usually glabrous, rarely very sparsely short pubescent; petiole 0.5–1.5 mm, usually glabrous, rarely very sparsely short pubescent; blade ovate, oval, elliptic, oblong-elliptic, or linear-elliptic, 4–12 × 1–7 mm, base asymmetric, rounded or subcordate, margins usually entire, rarely sparsely serrate, apex obtuse to acute, sometimes mucronate, surfaces abaxially often purple or red, adaxially green, usually glabrous, rarely very sparsely short pubescent; 3-veined from base, only midvein conspicuous. Cyathia solitary at distal nodes; peduncle 0.5–1.1 mm. Involucre turbinate to campanulate, 0.7–1 × 0.8–1 mm, usually glabrous, rarely very sparsely short pubescent; glands 4, brown, slightly concave, elliptic-oblong, 0.1–0.2 × 0.3–0.6 mm; appendages white or pink to dark red, usually oblong or flabellate, occasionally rudimentary and forming narrow rim at edge of gland, (0–)0.1–0.2 × 0.4–1 mm, distal margin entire or crenulate. Staminate flowers 8–14. Pistillate flowers: ovary glabrous, subtended by triangular calyxlike structure; styles 0.4–0.6 mm, 2-fid 1/2 length. Capsules broadly ovoid, 1–1.5 × 1.7–2.1 mm, glabrous; columella 1–1.4 mm. Seeds reddish brown, ovoid, 4-angled in cross section, 0.7–1 × 0.6–0.7 mm, smooth or obscurely wrinkled.

Phenology: Flowering and fruiting year-round.
Habitat: Pine rocklands, coastal scrub, open hammocks.
Elevation: 0–10 m.


Euphorbia porteriana is found in Miami-Dade County and on Big Pine Key, Monroe County. This species is closely related to E. blodgettii, E. garberi, and E. serpens. The capsules of E. porteriana are almost always completely glabrous, but the authors have seen three specimens with just a few scattered hairs on the keels. A. Herndon (1993) synonymized E. porteriana var. keyensis under E. garberi because of its uniformly hairy capsules, and that treatment is followed here.

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Lower Taxa

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Victor W. Steinmann +, Jeffery J. Morawetz +, Paul E. Berry +, Jess A. Peirson +  and Ya Yang +
(Small) Oudejans +
Chamaesyce porteriana +
Porter’s sandmat +
0–10 m. +
Pine rocklands, coastal scrub, open hammocks. +
Flowering and fruiting year-round. +
Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
C. porteriana var. scoparia +  and C. scoparia +
Euphorbia porteriana +
Euphorbia sect. Anisophyllum +
species +