Euphorbia maculata

Botanical Name : Euphorbia maculata
Family: Euphorbiaceae
Genus: Euphorbia
Species: E. maculata
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Malpighiales

syn. : Chamaesyce maculata (L.)

Common Names:Milk-purslane,Spotted spurge or Prostrate spurge

Habitat :Euphorbia maculata is  native to North America.

Description:
Euphorbia maculata is an annual plant in the family Euphorbiaceae, It is a variably prostrate to erect plant, with stems growing along the ground up to 45 cm long, but only reaching up to 30 cm tall. The leaves are oval, up to 3 cm long, and arranged in opposite pairs. The flowers are very small, with four white petals. It grows in sunny locations and a variety of soils, and is frequently found as a weed …

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Medicinal Uses:
The milky sap, when taken orally, causes vomiting and acts as a strong laxative.  An alcoholic extract of the plant has been given to control dysentery.  The Indians rubbed the sap on their skin to treat warts, sores, eruptions, and sore nipples.  They also drank a root infusion as a laxative.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_maculata
http://www.herbnet.com/Herb%20Uses_RST.htm
http://digilander.libero.it/ipdid/photos-eng/euphorbia-maculata—milk-purslane.htm

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