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Flowering Spurge (Flowers)

Photo of flowering spurge flowers

The floral cups of flowering spurge have 5 white false petals surrounding tiny yellow male flowers and a single female flower. The fruit is a little ball that grows from a stalk in the center of the floral cup. (This floral arrangement, called a cyathium, is typical of plants in the spurge family, such as poinsettias, crown of thorns, and snow on the mountain).

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